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Open House November 15, 2013-Full

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


Our Open House for November 15, 2013 is full.  Our next Open House will be held on March 14, 2014.  If you wish to visit Birthwise before March, please contact us for an informal visit/tour.  Please contact:  Yvette@birthwisemidwifery.edu or call:  207.647.5968

Open House & DONA International Doula Workshop

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Open House & DONA International Doula Workshop


Have a passion for birth work?  Participate in our Open House & DONA International Birth Doula Workshop.  This fun filled weekend program will provide participants with the opportunity to not only become a DONA International Trained Birth Doula, but attend our Open House as well.   Visit the Birthwise Campus, observe a class, lunch with current students, meet faculty and staff and get questions answered.


Open House & Doula Brochure 1

DONA International Birth Doula Training Registration 2013-2014

Get Ready, Get Set & Apply: 2014-2015

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Front of school

The time is here!  Get ready, start thinking about your references, get your thoughts in order for your essay because the deadlines to apply to Birthwise are here!

Early Admission:  February 15, 2014

Regular Admission:  April 15, 2014


Apply Today!

Birthwise 2014 Application


Deadline for Applications

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Application Deadline: Community Program: July 22, 2013

Application Deadline: Campus Program: July 31, 2013

If you have questions please contact:
Program Coordinator
207.647.5968If you have questions please contact:


Congratulations 2013 Graduates

Monday, June 17th, 2013




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On Behalf of the Birthwise Midwifery School, we would like to congratulate the class of 2013.  We are proud of you all and all that you have accomplished.  

We wish you all the best . 

Front Row (l-r): Amanda D., Rachel S., Sky C., Ana V., Tiffany S. 

Back Row (l-r): Melissa C., Dahlyt B., Sacha G., Stephanie M., Beth I., Alex H.

Diversity in Midwifery Scholarship Applications Due

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Diversity in Midwifery Scholarship Applications are due on June 30, 2013.  For more information please click below:

Diversity in Midwifery Scholarship Application 2013

It’s Not Too Late!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Think it is too late to apply? No! We still have a few slots! Whether you have already started the application process or you are still thinking about applying, put some spring into your step and send your application materials in today!

If you need assistance please contact: Yvette our Program Coordinator at yvette@birthwisemidwifery.edu. She will be able to assist you with starting or completing the process in a timely fashion.

Date Change DONA International Birth Doula Workshop-August 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013


Have you always wanted to become a birth doula or learn more about who and what doulas do? Here is the perfect opportunity. Join us for our DONA International Birth Doula Workshop, presented by Tara Poulin.

August 24-25, 2013

9:00am – 5:00pm


For more detailed information:  

Date Change 1 DONA International Birth Doula Training Info. & Registration

Applications Still Being Accepted

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

We still have open slots for Fall 2013 Admission. Send your application today! If you have any questions, contact us today. 207.647.5968

Midwifery Across the Pond

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

by Geraldine Beaubien, midwifery student from Ireland who visited The Birth House in February, 2013

The short time that I spent in The Birth House was enough to show me a model of care that seems to work. It works for the women, their families and for the midwives attending them throughout their pregnancies, births and in the post-partum period. The midwives approach was very much an open one that gave the women a chance to express what exactly their needs were. The small details such as the offering of tea on their arrival to the centre and the comfortable chairs in the sitting room really said a lot to me. This reminded me that pregnancy is not an illness and birth is not a medical emergency.  It is a miracle. It is our foundation as humans and we should treat it that way.

Many midwives have written many books about the sacred art of midwifery. It is sort of an ideal I hold some place in my head and hope that one day, I can work in a place that gives me the space to practice in such a way. This sacred art is being performed in The Birth House. Women and their families that I met during my stay appeared to have very strong connections with the midwives. They really knew each other. The consultations weren’t spent flipping through charts but through conversation. This, I thought, is real midwifery.

In Ireland, midwifery has a very strong history. Midwives have been the main care-givers for women throughout their pregnancies and birth and in the post-partum period. This is something that we value immensely. Midwives attended home births throughout history. It was the only way for years. Although, the role of the midwife in the tertiary hospitals in Ireland may have changed over the years. Women in Ireland in the 21st century choose hospital births. Currently, the rate of home births is just under 1%. I work in a busy maternity hospital in Dublin, Ireland. In 2012, there were well over 9,000 births. We expect more in 2013. This puts a great pressure on the midwives to give the care that they want to give.

Thankfully, our community midwifery programmes are becoming more and more popular. Women can book in to have their babies in the hospital but they can be seen in satellite locations within a certain distance from the hospital. This alleviates pressure in the massively busy antenatal clinics that run Monday-Friday. The community midwifery programme also allows low risk women to be discharged after 12 hours of the birth for their care to be followed up at home. It may seem small, but it is a step in the right direction.

There is also a DOMINO (Domicile in and out) scheme that has been set up. This is where low-risk women will be seen by the same group of midwives throughout their pregnanacy, birth and in the post-partum period. I have met a few women that have booked in and birthed their babies under this scheme and they have been extremely happy with their care. It has only been set up in the last year and we hope to see more women partake in the scheme.

Women are asked to draw up a birth plan early in the antenatal period and this is honoured as much as the midwives possibly can in the delivery suite. We don’t accommodate water births in the Republic of Ireland due to a neonatal mortality that occurred in a midwifery-led unit in years past. This is going to change in the coming months.