Welcome to Birthwise Midwifery School

Birthwise Midwifery School is a small private institution founded in 1994 in Bridgton, Maine. We are a comprehensive, three-year education program for aspiring Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council and licensed by the State of Maine Department of Education. Birthwise has been approved by SEVIS for enrollment of international students, and students are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid through the U.S. Education Department (FAFSA).

Birthwise offers a rigorous academic program taught by a diverse faculty at our Bridgton facility, as well as a clinical component with qualified preceptors located locally and ultimately in a location of the student’s choosing. Birthwise offers two arrangements of the midwifery program: our Campus Program is a residential program that follows the typical academic calendar and the Community Program allows students to stay in their home communities for their clinical work interspersed with ten 2-week classroom sessions at the Birthwise facility during the 3-year program.

Upon graduation from Birthwise, students are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam. Passing the NARM written exam in conjunction with graduation from Birthwise results in being nationally credentialed as a CPM. Many U.S. states use the CPM credential as a requirement for licensure. Birthwise is approved by the state of California and graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in that state. A Birthwise education prepares students for practice in free standing birth centers or home birth practices.

If you are interested in learning more about attending Birthwise Midwifery School, we encourage you to explore this website thoroughly, or contact Birthwise directly via e-mail, phone, or mail. We encourage prospective students to come visit the school and sit in on classes for a day to help them determine whether Birthwise is the right program for them.

For more information on the profession of direct-entry midwifery visit the NARM and Midwives Alliance of North America websites.

If you are a practicing midwife, an apprentice, or anyone who works with birthing women, be sure to click to the Continuing Education page to see what is currently being offered.

If you are interested in becoming a preceptor for Birthwise students, contact our Clinical Director for information pertaining to the job description, compensation, and application process.

Goddard College Partnership

Birthwise Midwifery School and Goddard College are pleased to announce a mutually beneficial learning partnership. The partnership offers Birthwise students an affordable, flexible, and fast pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Program options include the B.A. in Individualized Studies and the B.A. in Health Arts and Sciences

  • Study at home in a community that will shape your learning.
  • Connect with students, faculty and staff during an 8-day on-campus residency each semester.
  • Design your degree with individualized guidance from faculty advisors.

Click here to request more info!