Miroslava Athanasi RM, IBCLC, Dip(BSc), DipHb(KGH)
British expat midwife and lactation consultant (IBCLC) in Geneva
I have had over 10 years of experience with mum and babies on the NHS as well as in my private practice, taught hours of antenatal classes, delivered closed to 100 babies, helped many breastfeeding mums through their problems with feeding and performed close to 400 tongue-tie divisions in the last 2 years back in London.
The birth of my first child, a beautiful baby girl, who was born in 2003, inspired me to become a midwife. I started my journey as a student midwife after my second child was born in 2006 and qualified in the UK as a registered midwife in 2010.
Since then, I have been working in a large NHS hospital in London where I have delivered close to a hundred babies at home, birth center and delivery suite.
I was very fortunate to be a part of antenatal education and infant feeding team where my main role was to teach parenting classes, implement a 'Baby-friendly' initiative, run breastfeeding support groups and deal with the most challenging cases when babies are not able to feed properly. I used to run a tongue-tie clinic where I would perform a tongue-tie division on over 400 babies.
Although I am not a midwifery lecturer, I am regularly invited to deliver lectures to student midwives and registered midwives at the Hertfordshire University in the UK on the topic of how to teach antenatal classes.
I have gained my qualification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in July 2015 and have helped hundreds of mums and babies with breastfeeding difficulties on the NHS as well as in my private practice in London, which used to be called Baby Allaité.
I have recently gained a qualification as a KGHypnobirthing teacher and baby massage instructor.
I believe that pregnancy and the early days and weeks with a new baby is a very important time and one of the biggest changes in every woman’s life. It is a time when support, understanding, and help are essential.
Looking after yourself in pregnancy and being well informed about birth and life with a baby is very important start into motherhood. Informing and educating parents and parents-to-be is a very crucial part of midwifery care, however, this part is very often rushed or neglected as many midwives are under extreme time pressures.
Furthermore, many new parents don’t have their families around, friends are busy and dads have to return back to work. Staying suddenly alone with a new baby can be exciting, but also a scary and lonely experience, especially if the birth was traumatic or breastfeeding is not going well.
I believe that every family is unique, and visits need to be tailored to meet the needs of the individual mum, dad, and baby. That is the reason why I started my own private practice as an independent midwife, where I can take my time and don't have to follow routine procedures and protocols of a hospital. Most of my work is done on one to one basis, however, I also run group classes where parents have the opportunity to meet other parents.
My passion for midwifery and the belief that women deserve unrushed and high-quality care are the reasons that drove me to start a company called Baby Allaité in 2017 back in London. With my relocation to Geneva in February 2019 I have decided to rename this company to Calm Birth&Baby as it reflects more the overall services I provide and does not exclude bottle-fed babies. Working for the biggest NHS maternity trust in London for the past 8 years and 2 years in private practice gave me the opportunity to see any case imaginable, which made me an experienced, confident and highly knowledgeable practitioner.
Registered Midwife in the UK
University of Hertfordshire, UK, 2010
Breastfeeding Specialist Course
Approved by The Lactation Education Accreditation and Apporval Review Committee, 2015
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Member of Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
Tongue-tie Division (frenotomy) Training
Member of Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners
One of the first baby I helped mum to deliver as a newly qualified midwife in 2010 in Royal Free London Hospital in Barnet.
Picture taken, with mum's permision to post, at a tongue-tie clinic in 2017. Baby on the left latched on after a tongue-tie division for the very 1st time at the age of 3 weeks old.
KG Hypnobirthing Course
Baby Massage Course
Every baby is special, but those two are extra special to me because they are mine. Isabelle, my daughter, on the left (born in 2003) and Luca, my son, on the right (born in 2005).
Isabelle, me and Luca now.