Hello and Welcome!
I am Kim Hawley, a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator Counselor, and Infant Sleep Educator. I love helping parents feel empowered and prepared for birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. I believe that parents are most confident when they are informed by science and research, but also when they can trust their intuition. You are the expert on yourself and your baby.
My Journey to Birth Work
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. Casual conversations in our house included discussions of pregnancy complications, physiological birth, and lactation. My mom tells me that I played with her model pelvis so much as a kid that I broke off the tail bone (ouch poor pelvis!).
I took all of this knowledge and perspective for granted until I was in graduate school studying medical anthropology. Suddenly the anthropological perspective on culture I had immersed myself in for years was turned to birth in the U.S. This new way of looking at birth fascinated me. I decided 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 wanted to work with people on a personal level. I wanted the chance to connect with parents as they navigated the transition to parenthood.
When my son was 9 months old the stars aligned, and I decided to stay home with him 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. Lactation support was only a start, and over the years I’ve added childbirth education and infant sleep education. There’s so much I want to learn and offer to the families with whom I work.
Education and experience
More than 5 years of experience working with pregnant parents, their babies, and their families either directly or as an analyst.
Pre-certified Childbirth Educator, Your Birth Experience
Certified Infant Sleep Educator, Bebo Mia (certification in progress)
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
Bachelors of Arts Anthropology, Wake Forest University
My personal life
I live in Capitol Hill, Washington DC with my amazing husband, our son who is growing up way too fast, and some pets! 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!