Meet Your Birth Team

Linda Weaver, LM, CPM

Linda Weaver, LM, CPM

Licensed Midwife

I was introduced to the idea of midwifery while pregnant with my second child. I had given birth in a hospital the first time and felt very out of control. I allowed a physician to induce my labor, and was given medication against my wishes. I labored in an overflow room with only a curtain separating me from the other laboring women. I knew I wanted a different experience the second time around. A friend introduced me to her midwife and I was hooked on the idea of having a natural birth at home with a midwife. Laboring at home seemed so natural to me. I could use my own linens, dress in my own clothes, and choose who would be attending. After the birth, my daughter could see her newborn sibling right away. I could sleep in my own bed.

I currently have seven beautiful, smart and active grandchildren, six of which were born at home or in a birth center and one received into my hands in the hospital.

I decided to study midwifery when my children were in high school. It was in my heart and soul. I love serving other women and helping them achieve the birth of their dreams. I have been licensed since 2001 and have attended over 1,200 births

Irena Freystaetter, LM, CPM

Irena Freystaetter, LM, CPM

Licensed Midwife

I have always been fascinated with pregnancy, birth and babies. My mom says that as a child, while my siblings happily examined exotic animals at the zoo, I ran from stroller to stroller examining babies. As I grew I loved learning about the human body, I soaked in anatomy and physiology classes, got certified as an EMT the summer before my senior year of high school, and headed off to college determined to pursue medical school. However, as I learned more about the medical system, I began to feel that being a doctor may not be the right fit for me. When I heard about midwifery I knew that it was the job I was looking for. A calling you might say. I loved that midwifery would allow me to spend time with my clients, get to know them, and provide individualized care and information. Getting to know a woman and her family prenatally, holding that sacred space and watching her find her strength through her birth, and supporting her through the postpartum period is the most rewarding career I can imagine. And I’m not complaining about the squishy baby cuddles either!

After four years of rigorous learning at the Midwives College of Utah, a two year apprenticeship in Argyle, Texas, and having a baby of my own, I graduated and became certified as a Certified Professional Midwife in 2018. I regularly attend continuing education workshops and trainings, and am certified in NRP and CPR. I worked for a little while in Texas, then my family relocated to South Carolina, where I am proud to be joining the Labors of Love team. I am so grateful to get to do my dream job every day and bear witness to the ordinary miracle that is pregnancy and birth.

Sheila Dell, CNM

Sheila Dell, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Shelia Dell, a devoted midwife practitioner, has delivered over 1100 babies in both
in hospital and out of hospital settings in the past ten years.
She served 26 years in the US Navy. Twelve years as a labor and delivery nurse, and
four years as a midwife.
Showing great leadership in other practices, Sheila contributed to the creation of an
additional location to a midwifery practice in Corona, California as well as
spearheading the addition of a midwifery practice to a hospital here in South
Carolina.
Sheila is the mother of five ambitious children whom have grown pursuing their
dreams across the US. Her favorite birth experience was her third, which was, of
coarse, a water birth.
Her hobbies include decorating, gourmet cooking, and entertaining family and
friends.
Sheila believes in supporting women in their choices throughout their pregnancies,
births and postpartum experiences. Women should be comfortable in the birth
location and environment to which they choose to birth in. She is an advocate to the
gentleness of water birthing and is experienced in delivering in this capacity.
Sheila practices full scope midwifery and women’s health care.

Charlene Pierson

Charlene Pierson

Birth/Midwife Assistant

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 Devri Coney

Devri Coney

Birth/Midwife Assistant

I am the wife of a wonderful man and mother of one precious boy, delivered by Linda Weaver at Labors of Love Midwifery and Birth Center in 2019. I was born and raised overseas in the Philippines as my parents were missionaries there for twenty years. I have always had a passion for children and families but my passion grew as I graduated high school and moved to America for college. I studied Special Education to become a teacher and I also began independently researching midwifery and doula work. I sought to understand the anatomy and process of birth as well as the emotional turbulence a woman goes through as she proceeds through labor, delivery and the “fourth trimester.” As I researched, I grew to love birth more and more and saw how precious and miraculous it is for a baby to blossom in its mother’s womb and then innocently enter the world after the tempest of labor and delivery. I also had many friends give birth and saw how trying yet beautiful each stage could be.

I finished my degree and taught for five years in the school district, during which I met the love of my life, Jerome, a men’s basketball coach and mentor. We were married eleven months later. Before starting my fifth year of teaching, I was blessed with the opportunity to experience the glory of birth first hand with the birth of my son and that incredible experience solidified in my heart the desire to pursue being a birth worker. I am currently working on my official doula certification and plan to also pursue my lactation consultant certification. I am extremely fortunate to be trained under Linda and work as a Birth/Midwife Assistant with Labors of Love Midwifery and Birth Center, of which I started in July 2020. I also manage a website that facilitates a variety of doula services I offer (devridaydoula.weebly.com). I have attended over a dozen births and it is my goal to continually be a “woman who serves” and eventually pursue midwifery. I look forward to every story that I may help to unfold as precious new babies are born and precious families learn their new roles. I look forward to working with you!!

Melissa Brackett

Melissa Brackett

Birth/Midwife Assistant

As a little girl, I was always so interested in the birth of babies. I would always sneak and watch birthing shows on TLC when I was just a child. I thought birthing a child was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. I was super interested in water birth and the natural process of labor. As I got older, it became more evident to me that birth is a natural part of life but should be appreciated and cherished.
I have been a certified birth doula for about 7-8 years. I am currently getting my Bachelor of Science degree and will have my RN license from USC Upstate around the Spring of next year. I plan to use my degree to assist expecting mothers and midwives as we serve the women of the Upstate at Labors of Love. After I graduate, I may start the education process to obtain my Midwifery license. I have always wanted to be a midwife and assist women in labor.
It is a joy and honor to be part of Labors of Love. I cannot believe that I have been given the privilege to work with such an amazing birth team. I am so excited to see what the future holds as I continue to assist women all that I can.
Michelle Carson

Michelle Carson

Birth/Midwife Assistant

Caring for mothers has been my goal ever since I can remember. As a child I often played labor and delivery. I was drawn to midwifery during college but I knew I needed to learn broad nursing skills before zoning in on maternity. The next four years flew by! We started our family in 1998 when our sweet baby girl was born. Our son in 2000, our second daughter arrived in 2003, and in 2005 baby boy number two completed our family. With each baby, I have experienced an increasing awe of the female body. The strength and fortitude it takes to bring a child into this world is the most incredible experience a couple could share. The act of bringing a human being to the earth side is a bond that transforms and widens the human experience more than words could express.
This is my 15th year homeschooling and I have loved every minute of it. Our baby boy entered high school this year and I began to consider where my nurturing skills and love of learning could be utilized most. Midwifery was my first thought, I prayed for direction, and Linda was put in my path. As I met each member of Labors of Love, I knew this was a group of women who I needed to join hands with and begin my adventure into the next stage of my life. It is a complete privilege and honor to attend each new birth experience and share in every families’ journey.
Maia Powell

Maia Powell

Midwife Assistant

I am Maia Ebony Powell. I grew up on the sunny shores of Central and South Florida. In 2019, I moved to the calm and rural state of South Carolina, where my journey as a midwifery student commenced!

My passion is to provide services to anyone desiring holistic care. I have been a birth worker since August of 2017. In the years since, I have been told by clients and midwives alike that I bring a quiet and peaceful presence into the birth room. That encourages me, because I look forward to being in many birth rooms, aiding and nurturing mothers throughout the coming years.

My desire to serve birthing women began shortly after working as a wellness coach at a health retreat. My fascination for holistic care and women’s health steadily grew. I pursued higher education in women’s health care and services, becoming a doula, childbirth educator, and birth assistant. Additionally, I studied naturopathic medicine at the International Institute of Original Medicine. There I obtained a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine.

Currently, I am a midwifery student at Midwives College of Utah. In 2022, I will graduate from Midwives College of Utah with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery and gain licensure as a Licensed Midwife/Certified Professional Midwife in the state of South Carolina.

Prarie Gatlin

Prarie Gatlin

Midwife Apprentice

From the time I was a small child, I was fascinated by pregnancy. I always knew when my mother was pregnant, even before she told us. I watched her mindset evolve from standard hospital births where she was uncomfortable and out of control, to then being with a midwife in a birth center for two water births. When I was twelve, my fifth sibling was born, and I knew I wanted to be a midwife. By the time I graduated high school, I had accumulated a number of midwifery textbooks and birth books that I couldn’t wait to dig into. The September after I graduated, I was able to attend my first birth, and I fell even deeper in love with what I wanted to do. Only a few months into my first apprenticeship, I had the sweet (and unexpected!) privilege of my youngest sibling being my first catch. Over the past two and a half years I have attended more than fifty births with four different midwifes while continuing online studies to work towards my Certified Professional Midwife license. I am hoping and planning to finish my coursework and required births in the next year and half. I?m excited for my future in midwifery!

Diane Weaver

Diane Weaver

Office Manager

After working in Banking for over 30 years. She worked for a Tax preparation company for several years, and has been Trained in Quick Books and Microsoft products.
She will be the smiling voice you will hear when you call the office number and answering the email messages you send in. She handles all appointments, uploading of documents in patient’s charts, communication with auxiliary services, account receivables and banking. We truly could not function on a day to day basis without her.

Jay Weaver

Jay Weaver

Administrator

Jay Weaver is the Administrator, who handles everything except delivering babies. Truly he is the muscle behind the midwives and is responsible for Spartanburg having a birth center. He was saddened to see women in other areas have access to this type of facility and the women in Spartanburg having to travel to deliver their babies naturally. Little did he know when we opened our doors than women would travel for as much as 1 1/2 hours to be able to give birth in our facility. We are thankful for his behind the scenes work that keeps us all going.