Fil-Am midwife one of Top 10 CNN Heroes
GMA News Online reports that Filipino-American midwife Robin Lim made it to the Top 10 of this year's "CNN Heroes" for providing free maternal healthcare to thousands of poor women in Indonesia.
Robin Lim talks about her mission.
GMA News Online reports that Filipino-American midwife Robin Lim made it to the Top 10 of this year's CNN Heroes for providing free maternal healthcare to thousands of poor women in Indonesia.
The report, citing CNN, revealed that the Indonesia-based Lim, whose mother is a Filipino-Chinese, set up "birthing sanctuaries" for Indonesians in need of maternal and general health care.
Several years ago, Lim and her husband sold their house in the states and the whole family trooped to Bali to "reinvent their lives." They eventually settled in the village of Nyuh Kuning near Bali. Known in the area by the local term "Ibu" or mother, Lim, now 54, began helping pregnant Indonesian women and their babies in 1994. Lim, who has eight children, returned to the U.S. briefly to get a professional certification in midwifery.
According to the online magazine STEPS, Lim and her husband put up the first clinic of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Health Mother Earth Foundation) in 2003. In the wake of the 2004 tsunami tragedy, they put up a smaller clinic in Aceh. These birthing sanctuaries-which also offer general medical services-work on a 24-hour basis and have collectively assisted in 5,000 births.
"Rock star or prostitute, everyone gets treated [like a] VIP at Bumi Sehat... with kindness and respect," Lim said. She also disclosed that she was inspired by her maternal grandmother, Vicenta Munar Lim, who served as "healer and baby catcher for her people" in Baguio, even after World War II.