Birthwise Midwifery School & The Birth House

24 S High St
Bridgton, ME 04009

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.

Welcome to The Birth House!

The Birth House is a midwifery service and freestanding birth center associated with that specializes in natural, unmedicated births in our birth center or in your home. If you live in southern or western Maine or parts of eastern New Hampshire and are looking for a birthing experience that is different from the conventional hospital setting, you will want to explore our site.

The Birth House is staffed by Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and midwifery students who provide individualized, comprehensive, holistic midwifery care for pregnancy and birth. The clinic and birth center facility is located in Bridgton, Maine (One hour west of Portland, 30 minutes from North Conway, NH).

Our clinic also offers many free or low-cost services to our community such as supplemental prenatal care, annual well woman exams, and birth doula services. Many events and classes are available to the public at The Birth House such as a breastfeeding support group, prenatal yoga, and childbirth preparation classes.


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