Two Rivers Midwifery

★★★★★
  • 1223 NE Alberta

    Portland, OR 97211

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  • 503-705-5060

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Throughout the pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum, Silke and Kim were available whenever we had questions or concerns or anything else. During the labor, both Silke and Kim demonstrated the perfect balance of engaging without being overbearing- my wife and I both felt nurtured and listened to. On top of all of that, Silke and Kim are both fun people with great senses of humor- working with them was a joy. I heartily recommend Two Rivers Midwifery.

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Throughout the pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum, Silke and Kim were available whenever we had questions or concerns or anything else. During the labor, both Silke and Kim demonstrated the perfect balance of engaging without being overbearing- my wife and I both felt nurtured and listened to. On top of all of that, Silke and Kim are both fun people with great senses of humor- working with them was a joy. I heartily recommend Two Rivers Midwifery.

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Silke was a calm and reassuring guide throughout our entire process. I felt my pregnancy, labor, and launch into parenthood was more grounded, safe, and empowered because of her presence with us on our journey.

This review is long, but choosing a midwife is a big, big deal, so I wanted to share in detail why giving birth with Silke as a guide was such a great experience. I hope it will help you know more about what it was like for me to work with Silke, and perhaps what kinds of questions you may want to ask of any midwife you consider working with.

Getting Prego and Queer Family
We first met with Silke when we were trying to conceive. As a queer family, this required making a lot of decisions about what kind of donor we wanted and negotiating for our needs, not to mention actually figuring out when to inseminate! Silke really helped me get into a positive and confident stance within myself throughout this process, and was a wonderful listener and asker of great questions. It was also really important to us that we didn't have to spend time explaining the basic politics of our family, our gender identities, and the complexity of emotions we felt as a queer family--she already got it, and was prepared to meet us there. We successfully found the donor relationship we wanted, and got pregnant on the first try.

Pregnancy
I am very clear that the way Silke provided care for me, and my family, during the pregnancy really prepared me for a successful birth. This happened not only through the excellent prenatal care and screenings, but from her trust and belief in me, which was clear in the way she constantly presented options, and trusted in me to make the decisions about my care and labor, informed by her expertise. This helped build my confidence towards both my labor, and now parenting.

Hospitals
We also had a lot of great conversations about my fears and anxieties about my labor, and the possibility of the need to transfer to the hospital. My sense is that, sadly, the midwifery and allopathic medicine communities are very polarized around birthing. I knew I wanted a midwife that would work with me to have the home birth experience I wanted, but who would also not hesitate to advise me to transfer to a hospital if it seemed necessary. Through talking it out, I was able to trust that this was true of Silke. She also helped me realize that if we did transfer to the hospital, it would be because they had something we needed, and we would go and get it. I also came to see that Silke would continue to help me advocate for myself in the hospital, and that I would still be in control of my labor, and what kind of medical intervention I chose. This really helped me in letting go of these fears.

Partners
I also really appreciated that the experience of my partner was also important and a part of this process. He felt welcomed, and heard, and I think Silke really helped us support this process of discovering his role in all of this. This has helped us continue this conversation into our parenting, and has strengthened our relationship throughout this process and amazing transition.

Birth
Silke was a reassuring and calm presence at the birth. I felt as if I was surrounded by a ring of safe keeping under her watch, and I could be free to go where ever I needed to go inside of myself to bring my son into the world. Most of the labor was just my partner and I, holding hands and working through the night. Silke and Kim Kincade (who was working with Silke as our second midwife) only interrupted us when necessary to check on the baby, or to make suggestions of things we may want to try (like getting into the tub, eating, drinking water, etc.).

I labored for eight hours and delivered a health baby boy in the early morning hours. It was, hands down, the most amazing experience of my life. I am so thankful to have been able to give birth at home, and to have felt so safe under Silke's watch.

After the Birth
I think I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy preparing for the birth, but the weeks after the birth (for me) were just as intense, but in a different way. Silke continued to provide care after the birth. It was so reassuring to have someone to turn to in those days that we had already built a relationship with, to ask questions, to be reassured that our son was doing well.

Breast Feeding
At two weeks we realized that I had low milk supply, and that we needed to work with a lactation consultant. It was a pretty big blow for me to find out that I would need to supplement with formula or donor milk, and again, Silke was an amazing listener and asker of good questions. I felt like she really helped to both push me to get the help we needed, and to find my way back to my center.

Working with Silke was such a great experience. I wish you all the best of luck as you go on this journey, and hope that you are also blessed with such a great experience.

5
★★★★★

Silke was a calm and reassuring guide throughout our entire process. I felt my pregnancy, labor, and launch into parenthood was more grounded, safe, and empowered because of her presence with us on our journey.

This review is long, but choosing a midwife is a big, big deal, so I wanted to share in detail why giving birth with Silke as a guide was such a great experience. I hope it will help you know more about what it was like for me to work with Silke, and perhaps what kinds of questions you may want to ask of any midwife you consider working with.

Getting Prego and Queer Family
We first met with Silke when we were trying to conceive. As a queer family, this required making a lot of decisions about what kind of donor we wanted and negotiating for our needs, not to mention actually figuring out when to inseminate! Silke really helped me get into a positive and confident stance within myself throughout this process, and was a wonderful listener and asker of great questions. It was also really important to us that we didn't have to spend time explaining the basic politics of our family, our gender identities, and the complexity of emotions we felt as a queer family--she already got it, and was prepared to meet us there. We successfully found the donor relationship we wanted, and got pregnant on the first try.

Pregnancy
I am very clear that the way Silke provided care for me, and my family, during the pregnancy really prepared me for a successful birth. This happened not only through the excellent prenatal care and screenings, but from her trust and belief in me, which was clear in the way she constantly presented options, and trusted in me to make the decisions about my care and labor, informed by her expertise. This helped build my confidence towards both my labor, and now parenting.

Hospitals
We also had a lot of great conversations about my fears and anxieties about my labor, and the possibility of the need to transfer to the hospital. My sense is that, sadly, the midwifery and allopathic medicine communities are very polarized around birthing. I knew I wanted a midwife that would work with me to have the home birth experience I wanted, but who would also not hesitate to advise me to transfer to a hospital if it seemed necessary. Through talking it out, I was able to trust that this was true of Silke. She also helped me realize that if we did transfer to the hospital, it would be because they had something we needed, and we would go and get it. I also came to see that Silke would continue to help me advocate for myself in the hospital, and that I would still be in control of my labor, and what kind of medical intervention I chose. This really helped me in letting go of these fears.

Partners
I also really appreciated that the experience of my partner was also important and a part of this process. He felt welcomed, and heard, and I think Silke really helped us support this process of discovering his role in all of this. This has helped us continue this conversation into our parenting, and has strengthened our relationship throughout this process and amazing transition.

Birth
Silke was a reassuring and calm presence at the birth. I felt as if I was surrounded by a ring of safe keeping under her watch, and I could be free to go where ever I needed to go inside of myself to bring my son into the world. Most of the labor was just my partner and I, holding hands and working through the night. Silke and Kim Kincade (who was working with Silke as our second midwife) only interrupted us when necessary to check on the baby, or to make suggestions of things we may want to try (like getting into the tub, eating, drinking water, etc.).

I labored for eight hours and delivered a health baby boy in the early morning hours. It was, hands down, the most amazing experience of my life. I am so thankful to have been able to give birth at home, and to have felt so safe under Silke's watch.

After the Birth
I think I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy preparing for the birth, but the weeks after the birth (for me) were just as intense, but in a different way. Silke continued to provide care after the birth. It was so reassuring to have someone to turn to in those days that we had already built a relationship with, to ask questions, to be reassured that our son was doing well.

Breast Feeding
At two weeks we realized that I had low milk supply, and that we needed to work with a lactation consultant. It was a pretty big blow for me to find out that I would need to supplement with formula or donor milk, and again, Silke was an amazing listener and asker of good questions. I felt like she really helped to both push me to get the help we needed, and to find my way back to my center.

Working with Silke was such a great experience. I wish you all the best of luck as you go on this journey, and hope that you are also blessed with such a great experience.

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Giving birth with Silke Akerson was hands-down one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have no idea what I would have done without her professionalism, kindness and depth of knowledge to guide my husband and I through the process.

We met with Silke for our free consultation when we found out we were pregnant, and were immediately happy with her bedside manner and approach to prenatal care and birth. As the months went by our confidence in her only solidified. During my long and somewhat difficult labor she showed nothing but compassion and patience, and never once hinted there was anywhere shed rather be.

Almost a year after meeting Silke, I am happier than ever that I did. She is experienced, deeply knowledgeable and always impartial when it comes to the decisions my husband and I make. Ive never been in better hands, and cant wait till my next pregnancy to spend more time with her.

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★★★★★

Giving birth with Silke Akerson was hands-down one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have no idea what I would have done without her professionalism, kindness and depth of knowledge to guide my husband and I through the process.

We met with Silke for our free consultation when we found out we were pregnant, and were immediately happy with her bedside manner and approach to prenatal care and birth. As the months went by our confidence in her only solidified. During my long and somewhat difficult labor she showed nothing but compassion and patience, and never once hinted there was anywhere shed rather be.

Almost a year after meeting Silke, I am happier than ever that I did. She is experienced, deeply knowledgeable and always impartial when it comes to the decisions my husband and I make. Ive never been in better hands, and cant wait till my next pregnancy to spend more time with her.

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Silke Akerson is an exceptional midwife and herbalist. What a wonderful world it would be if all mamas and babies had the kind of thoughtful, focused, honest, trusting, skilled, and intuitive care that she provides!

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Silke Akerson is an exceptional midwife and herbalist. What a wonderful world it would be if all mamas and babies had the kind of thoughtful, focused, honest, trusting, skilled, and intuitive care that she provides!

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