“Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet,” Robin Lim said during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute”.
Robin Lim is an American woman who began Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinics in Indonesia. The locals call her Ibu Robin, or Mother Robin. It is through the Bumi Sehat health clinics that thousands of Indonesian women receive free prenatal care, birth care and medical aid where many families do not have the financial means to receive such necessary care. Lim believes the high expense of receiving proper prenatal and birth care is partly why Indonesian maternal and infant mortality rates are so high. She also is a committed advocate in teaching gentle birth and exclusive breastfeeding for the crucial growth and development of babies.
The CNN Hero of the Year was chosen by the public after an 11-week vote on CNN.com. For being named Hero of the Year, Lim will receive $250,000 for her cause. That’s in addition to the $50,000 that she and the rest of the top 10 Heroes each received for making the top 10.
Robin Lim is the author of “The Placenta: the Forgotten Chakra” and several other books. You can support her at RobinLimSupport.Org.
Having Robin Lim win this award is a landmark for promoting the midwifery model of care, it is truly exciting to have her work recognized globally.
Elenya Grafals, CPM, LMT, CPES