Silke Akerson, CPM, LDM
I come to this work from a family tradition of homebirth and midwifery. My stepmother is also a midwife and I grew up around birth and midwives. I feel blessed to be able to carry on the tradition of being with women and families as they move through the incredible transitions of pregnancy and birth.
I strongly believe that when women feel respected, supported, and engaged in their pregnancies and births it can make a profound and long-term positive difference in their experience as mothers and in their lives in general. I trust that pregnancy and birth are normal life-events as well as significant and challenging rites of passage.
I started attending births as a teenager and loved it. Over the years I’ve completed a BA in women’s health, trained at a midwifery school in Texas, taught childbirth education classes to pregnant teens and Latina women, become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and practiced midwifery for 12 years in Oregon and, sometimes, Costa Rica. I love learning and I feel deeply fulfilled in my midwifery work because I am always learning new things. I speak Spanish and am committed to serving the growing Latino population in Oregon.
I am the mother of a fantastic six-year-old who keeps me on my toes. His birth affirmed for me how important this work is and renewed my passion for serving women, babies, and families.
It is my prayer that each woman has access to the type of personal, respectful and responsive care that she deserves.
Kim Kincade, CPM, LDM
I am an Oregon native and a graduate of PSU. My first daughter (of three) was a straight forward hospital birth. My interest in Midwifery began while in college but it was a number of years before I could pursue it fully. Life happened. When my daughter was nine years old, I felt I could now make space in my life for Midwifery School. But the universe took this to mean that I had room in my life for two more daughters, instead. So I had two homebirths, and then went to Midwifery school, graduating from Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2007. Perhaps the universe wanted a bit more life experience and empathy from me before beginning this profound work.
My Midwifery philosophy is rooted in nature. I believe that our bodies know what they are doing in most regards, and this applies to growing and birthing babies. We live in a time when many technilogical marvels are quickly unfolding all around us-which is cool. But none of that really applies to growing and birthing babies. Our smartphone can tell us if our baby is growing fingernails today, but it can’t tell us much more. So what I believe is…..stay out of the way! This does include assessing well-being through thourough exams, but then getting on with the more personal and emotional; How are you? How are you feeling? What can I suggest that might make you feel more comfortable, or help your physical signs and symptoms move back into a normal range? I see my role as watching for that rare time when something does not go well. Then, I jump in, and help out, but mostly, I strive to stay out of the way.
Personally, I am a wife, and a mother. I knit, and sew. I love my huge dog too much, and I have too many chickens (which I also love too much.) I really love campfires, and rivers.