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On the Spot: CNN Hero of the Year Robin Lim
Midwife, mother, and CNN Hero of the Year, Robin Lim doles out unconventional maternal wisdom.
Published on: May 15, 2012 - 7:00am

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A CNN Heroes Tribute

 

You talked about breastfeeding and midwifery. What are other myths and misconceptions about childbirth do you want to address?

One of the big myths, and it’s really driven by the scare tactics of modern medicine, is that if technology in childbirth was the answer, the United States would be number one in having the lowest mortality rate in the world, because the United States spends more on birth technology than any other country. The United States just fell to number 50. It’s safer to give birth in 49 other countries than in the US. If you’re pregnant in the United States, I would suggest that you go to Latvia or Croatia. For sure, go to Holland, because they’re really good.


Again, they’re spending a lot of money on a lot of unnecessary technology. Everybody thinks that they go to their OB-GYN and they get an ultrasound religiously. But we haven’t looked at the fact that, since ultrasound, we went from having 1 in 1,000 autistic to 1 in 88 in America. There’s something wrong with this system. And if you’re having an ultrasound and you really don’t know what effect it will have—we really don’t know yet, there’s not enough research—if you’re doing that just because you want to know if it’s a boy or a girl, that’s foolish. Don’t do it.

There’s a routine medical practice of immediately clapping and cutting the umbilical cord of the baby. This is really efficient, this gets your doctor right back to his golf game. He doesn’t want to be messing around with you and your baby. It’s about efficiency. But guess what? The way the hilots would do it was they’d hang out with the family. She doesn’t even think about the umbilical cord until she’s leaving or when she comes back the next day. There’s no hurry. And guess what happens when you don’t hurry? The baby gets his or her full blood supply.

This is important. What is the leading cause of marginal retardation in the world today? Newborn anemia. What causes newborn anemia? The immediate clapping and cutting of the umbilical cord. This is the biggest rip-off of the children of our times. Can you imagine if we all reach our full potential of our intelligence because we get all of our blood supply? The other thing is, your biggest infusion of stem cells in your life is going to be at birth, from your placenta—or not. Who needs their stem cells in this day and age? All of you. Get those stem cells and give them to your child. If someone at a hospital tries to cut your child’s cord, you hold that cord and say no. Because even waiting two to three minutes makes a significant difference in the iron supply.

 

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2 Comments
  • Pilipino
    You are right Genuine, "truly, a Pinay worth emulating". We need more people like her in the world.
    May 16 2012 @ 10:21am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Learned a lot reading this article, an example would be, don't immediately clap and cut the umbilical cord of the newborn. Do not hurry because the baby gets his/her full blood supply that way. And since ultrasound, "We went from having 1 in 1000 autistic to 1 in 88 in America. There's something wrong with this system. And if you're having an ultrasound and you really don't know what effect it will have-there's not enough research yet-if you're doing that just because you want to know if it's a boy or a girl, that's foolish. Don't do it." Many cases of newborn anemia is the leading cause of marginal retardation in the world today. And the main culprit? The immediate clapping and cutting of the umbilical cord. So midwives out there, leave it be for at least several minutes so the infant gets her/his full blood supply. As Robin Lim said, "There's no hurry." Truly, a Pinay worth emulating.
    May 16 2012 @ 03:05am     Reply  
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