A Little About Me
Hello and welcome!
I am Kim Hawley, the owner of Intuitive Parenting.
I provide education and support for expecting and new parents to help them feel empowered and prepared for breastfeeding, sleep, and early parenting.
I am passionate about supporting families, in all the diversity of forms they take, as they navigate the joys and challenges of becoming parents. I believe parents feel most empowered when they are given factual information and encouraged to listen to their instincts, allowing them to make the best decision for their family. There is no one right way to birth, feed, or parent your baby.
A little bit about my background
I grew up in the world of moms and babies. My mom, at various points in her career, was a midwife, childbirth educator, birth photographer, La Leche League leader, and pediatric nurse. Despite this foundation, I didn’t find my own place in the maternal and child health world until I was in graduate school studying medical anthropology. I became fascinated with the cultural aspects of birth and choice of care provider, and this led me to get my Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and to focus my career on pregnancy and babies.
After graduate school, I spent several years working for the government as a Public Health Analyst, but I felt disconnected from the babies and families that my programs served. I decided to stay home with my son while working towards a more connected way to work in maternal and child health. I studied as a Lactation Educator Counselor and got involved with La Leche League.
As my son got older, I wanted to do more, and eventually the idea for Intuitive Parenting was born.
A little about the personal side of me
I live in Capitol Hill, Washington DC with my amazing husband, our 2 living children, and a few pets, including my guide dog. We have a daughter who was stillborn in August of 2016 and will always be an unseen, but loved, part of our family.
I love to run, read a good book, spend time with friends, eat delicious food, and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Actually, most of the time I don’t know how I function without coffee!
Education and experience:
Every family I work with is a new chance to learn, as my clients teach me as much as the training I take. When I work with a family, I draw from my academic background, the perspective I gained from my mom growing up, and my years of experience working with families directly and through public health programs.
I love to learn, and I’m constantly reading and training so that I can expand my knowledge to better support my clients. Here are some of my degrees and certifications.
Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator, The Gottman Institute
Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Training, The Institute of Birth, Breath, and Death
Your Birth Experience Childbirth Educator Training
Certified Infant Sleep Educator, Bebo Mia
Certificated Lactation Educator Counselor, UC San Diego Extension
Master’s of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, the George Washington University
Master’s of Arts Cultural Anthropology, the George Washington University
Fun photo session featured above by Lee Pettigrew Photography