Bethany D. Smith, CNM, MSN
Director, Midwifery Services
Hello! I am a native of the Upstate and relocated here from Charleston, SC to join Greenville Midwifery Care. I graduated in 2012 from East Carolina University with a Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery. I love being a nurse midwife and educating women and the public on the midwifery model of care.
As director of this practice, I look forward to propelling midwifery forward in the Upstate and nationally. My background includes low and high risk obstetrics and I have a passion for birth and supporting women and their choices. I am honored to be a part of these important moments of a woman's life. I also have a special interest in minority women's health and hope to provide care that decreases health disparities in the community.
In my free time I love to catch up on sleep or travel with friends and family. I look forward to meeting you!
Susan Cheek-Williams, CNM, MSN, DNP
Thank you for your interest in learning more about Greenville Midwifery Care. I have been a part of Greenville Health System since 1998 as a labor and delivery RN and as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 with a Masters in Nurse Midwifery and from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012 with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. My educational background has led me to truly understand the holistic care required to practice both the art and science of Nurse Midwifery. In my opinion, one of the greatest benefits of our practice is that we practice as part of an integrated health care team. Greenville Midwifery Care is a midwife-led practice which strives to provide full-scope authentic midwifery care to low risk women; however, as part of a team, we also have access to state-of-the art medical care for either mother or baby when needed.
Caring for women and their families during pregnancy and birth is an honor. I have always believed that education and facilitating wellness during pregnancy better prepares women to achieve the type of birth experience that they are seeking. My passions include eliminating disparities in women's health, providing education and anticipatory guidance during pregnancy and birth, as well as ensuring women have equal access to preventative care.
I spend most of my time away from work reading, catching up on sleep, spending time with my husband, Josh, and catering to the needs of my spoiled canine children Mia and Reuben. We look forward to meeting you if you choose to become part of our extended Greenville Midwifery Care family!
Barbara Davenport, CNM, MSN
I was drawn into midwifery as a nursing student back when birth was very medical. Women labored alone and didn't even get to hold their newborns until they were a few days old. I knew there had to be a better way to birth, the way we were designed.
I started to research the natural birth movement as Lamaze was taking root. I read Ina May Gaskin's book, Spiritual Midwifery; I was hooked. Women have an innate capacity to birth, and helping families tap their God-given strength to experience a healthy birth is my privilege.
I received my nursing diploma from Toledo Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio, bachelors in nursing from the University of Michigan, and Master of Science in Midwifery from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I have worked as a nurse-midwife for 32 years. I treasure welcoming new life into the world, even after 2,000 births!
Working with expecting families is a true joy. I love helping couples understand the changes of pregnancy; learn to cope with the discomforts, offer birth choices, and support women through labor, whether it's water birth or an epidural. I believe each woman deserves an appointment with enough time to have all her questions answered and share information needed for a healthy birth.
My husband Ric and I have three adult children and two sweet grandchildren. I enjoy exercise, tennis, hiking, Bible study, and time with my church family.
Kim Fitzgerald, CNM, MSN
I have been a nurse midwife for over 30 years in both high and low risk settings and with both in-hospital and out-of-hospital birth. I received my nursing degree from Clemson University and my masters degree from St. Louis University.
I believe that pregnancy and birth are wonderful opportunities for a woman to feel strong, powerful, supported, and safe. For that to happen, she needs to be cared for by the right people in the right environment. Nurse midwives are specialists at that type of care.
I think we all, pregnant or not, on any life path, want to be listened to and treated with kindness and respect. I am always mindful of that goal when working with women and families. I feel that this work helps me continuously grow and to help others do the same, and for that I am immensely grateful.
My husband, Paul, and I have, between us, five amazing daughters and much-loved grandchildren. I am always reading, I love to eat, and I try to spend time with my daughters and their families whenever I can.
Kristine L. Oglesby, CNM, MSN
Hello! My name is Kristine Liaz Oglesby. I have worked with mothers and babies for more than a decade. First,as an obstetric nurse, and now as a Certified Nurse Midwife.
I received my undergraduate degrees from Greenville Technical College and from the University of South Carolina Upstate. My experience with natural birth as a travel nurse in Asheville, NC motivated me to go back to school and earn my Master's Degree in Nurse Midwifery from the University of Cincinnati. My inspiration included my strong desire to provide holistic care to women. I have also been inspired by our very own, Dr. Susan Cheek-Williams.
I was selected for a preceptorship at Mountain Midwifery Care in Denver, CO where I fell in love with out-of-hospital births. As Greenville Midwifery Care's first student, I am thrilled to now be a part of the team. What an honor it is to be in the presence of such a powerful and sacred moment in families' lives!
My care philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy and childbirth are normal life events and that women are partners in making informed choices regarding their own care. My goal is to provide family-centered and culturally competent care within a safe environment. I am passionate about empowering women through education and advocacy.
When I'm not working, I love spending time with my family and friends while checking out different restaurants, coffee shops and tea bars. I enjoy sweating it out at the gym, escaping to the beach and volunteering for different organizations benefiting the military and churches. I am involved in breastfeeding advocacy, nursing student mentoring and domestic violence awareness.
Samantha D. Twyman, CNM, MSN
I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, and my Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I have been a midwife for four years and especially enjoy helping women learn all their options in regard to their healthcare.
Whether it's contraception, infection screening, pregnancy and birth, or menopause, I feel it's an incredible privilege to work alongside women as they decide what experiences they want in life and what they want out of their relationship with their midwife. The word midwife means "with woman," and I feel strongly that, while this applies to pregnancy and birth in a very special way, it also applies to women who choose to delay having children or not to have children at all, and to women who are beyond their childbearing years.
My partner Hampton and I spend our free time traveling, playing board and card games, going for hikes, looking for new and exotic foods to try, and caring for our two rescue dogs, Jasmine and Ellie.
Janelle Alier, CNM
I am a native of Detroit and have lived and worked in Greenville since 2004. Starting as a Labor & Delivery nurse at Greenville Memorial Hospital, I have worked for Greenville Health System since 2008, and completed my Masterís Degree in Midwifery with Philadelphia University in 2016. I am thrilled to be participating in the care of women and families with Greenville Midwifery Care! What a privilege to assist women through pregnancy, birth and beyond. I love all things women, babies, health and birth, but I am especially interested in teaching and inspiring women to be knowledgeable about and comfortable in their bodies. I believe whole-heartedly in midwifery care and look forward to partnering with you, the women and families of our beautiful city of Greenville, South Carolina!
When I am not practicing or day-dreaming about midwifery, I enjoy time at home with Netflix and my cats, visiting my sisters in Michigan, running on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and searching for the perfect cup of coffee with my husband.