Meet the Midwives

Bethany D. Arrington, 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!

Janelle Alier, CNM, MS

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 Master’s 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.

Susan Cheek-Williams, CNM, 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.

Miranda Flowers, CNM, MSN

I am an Alabama native who first came to Greenville as a student at Furman University, where I received my bachelors in Health Science in 2014.  While at Furman, I became drawn to midwifery first through the documentary The Business of Being Born and then through Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery.  After graduating from Furman, I went on to Columbia to receive my Bachelors in Nursing and Masters in Nurse Midwifery.

I received my training both in a busy hospital setting as well as a rural home birth practice.  I am so thrilled to be in a practice that offers patients the option to birth in the setting of their choice.  I believe that pregnancy and birth are a normal life event, and our role as midwives is to educate and empower women about their bodies and to respect their choices.  In addition to pregnancy and birth, I am also passionate about providing well women care, from contraception and sexual health counseling to menopausal care.

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.

Maureen Nowak, CNM, MSN

I was born and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio where received my undergraduate nursing degree at a small private college. While working as a nurse in a high-risk Labor & Delivery unit, my love and desire for physiologic birth began. I began my midwifery education early on in my nursing career and graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my Master of Science in Nursing in 2011. Before discovering the incredible Upstate of South Carolina, my husband Adam and I lived in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina for several years.

My career as a midwife began as an uphill battle to search for the chance to offer women some of the many options that should be routine and expected of every obstetric provider. I am overjoyed to be part of a practice that truly offers women the high level of care that they deserve. Growing up with five sisters has given me so much insight into how unique and complex women are, and I strive to care for each of my patients as if they were one of my own.

When I’m not busy learning and growing as a midwife, I am busy learning and growing as a mother of two little girls. I am constantly searching for the perfect balance as a Christian, a wife, a mother and a midwife, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am honored to be given the chance to play a small role in so many birth stories. Whether it’s your desire for a natural water birth or birth with an epidural, it is my desire and goal to help you achieve the birth that you’ve been dreaming of.