Kiersten Pilar Miller – Bellies AbroadJune 27, 2022 |
Maternity Health Consultant
Kiersten Pilar Miller is the founder of The Milk Bar and Bellies Abroad based in Rome. The Milk Bar, created in 2009, was a store and meeting place dedicated to pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood. Today the Milk Bar has evolved into a portal for families called Bellies Abroad, offering online and in person consultations with culturally sensitive health care and legal professionals who speak a common language and adhere to the WHO Guidelines.
Bellies Abroad’s aim is to arm women with the confidence, information, and support to have the birth and motherhood experiences they are looking for instead of what is easiest for medical professionals. They understand the challenges of becoming a family away from your own. It is a platform for parents, and parents to be, living outside of their home countries as well as for local families. In addition, Bellies Abroad has a fact-based resource section and community that is active both on and offline.
Kiersten is a born and raised New Yorker and a Rome resident as of 2004. Living in Rome, she soon realised how few resources there were for mothers. Despite all of the obstacles of Italian bureaucracy she has managed to create a safe space online and in-person for mothers and mothers-to-be.