The Birthwise Staff

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Beth Bongiolatti, CPM, NHCM, Clinical Director

Beth is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and New Hampshire Certified Midwife (NHCM) joining the Birth House clinic from the Birth Cottage of Milford in Southern New Hampshire.

She began her study of midwifery during graduate school at the SIT Graduate Institute (formerly the School for International Training/SIT) while completing her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development. She completed her dissertation on a working theory of “Developmental Midwifery,” examining the role of birth in communities experiencing civil war and conflict.

Her clinical midwifery training was initiated during the practicum portion of her graduate studies, working with the Yayasan Bumi Sehat midwifery clinic in Bali, Indonesia. She worked for eight months at the clinic, examining the intersection of midwifery, community development, and global health. Under the tutelage midwives from Bali, Australia, Europe, and Canada, she lived and worked in the community surrounding the clinic attending births.

Beth is a Birthwise alumni.


Heidi Fillmore, Executive Director, Academic Director and Faculty

Heidi is the founder of Birthwise Midwifery School and serves as the overall director and director of the midwifery program.




Wendy Fillmore, Administrative Coordinator

Wendy manages the Administrative side of the school. She ensures the school is in compliance with MEAC, local, state and federal laws, and works on projects that have a sustainable effect on the life of the school.​




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Melissa Mayo, Office Manager, Registrar

Melissa manages the business side of Birthwise and serves as Registrar.





Elizabeth McKinnon, Financial Aid Officer, International Student Advisor

Elizabeth counsels students about and administers all financial aid programs that our students are eligible for. She also assists international students in the process of obtaining and maintaining student visas.



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Yvette McDonnell, M.Ed., Student Affairs Coordinator

Yvette handles aspects of student affairs:  admissions, answering questions regarding the Birthwise Midwifery program, the free tutoring program and the lunch and learn brown bag lunch series.   She also administers the Diversifying Midwifery in our Communities Scholarship.  Yvette can be reached at: or 207.647.5968.