Kat Hill

WPP Co-Founder Kat Hill  was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease after delivering over 800 babies in her career as a Nurse Practitioner and Midwife. After ending her practice, she has learned to build a life based on the principles of gratitude and joy, not only for peace of mind but also as a fundamental building block in how to live life.  She has spoken around the world on behalf of the World Parkinson Congress and is an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation. She is publishing her first book, titled “Being Well”, and launched a podcast called PD Lemonade last year.


A Long Way to Go

I worked as a nurse, a nurse midwife-nurse practitioner and a clinical director in my first act. In that first act were the years that I had trained for and dreamed about serving women with reproductive health needs and helping to guide women through labor and delivery of their newborn babies and to help through many phases in their lives. Then I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’sDisease. I left my clinical work and now am an author, advocate and artist.

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We use our hands to function well in the world; to put on our clothes, to feed ourselves, to care for those we love. I have used my hands to help mamas bring their babes into this world. I was a honored to work as a midwife “catching” babies for over 15 years. A collection of old weathered hands hung on my office wall. Hands fascinate me; what stories might hands hold? What special touch were they a part of? Hands of the aged, what wisdom might they hold?

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