Congrats (and Bravo) to CNN's Hero of the Year, Midwife Robin Lim
The winner for 2011 especially touched our hearts, and moved us to tears.
In case you missed it, on Saturday, December 17, CNN had their annual CNN Heroes special. The show honors people from across the globe who are making a difference by helping others in need -- there was Derreck Kayongo, who started the Global Soap Project, an organization that recycles partially used hotel soap to save lives in impoverished countries; Taryn Davis, a military widow who started the American Widow Project which provides support to women who've shared the same experience; and Diane Latiker, a woman who opened her Chicago home to keep kids off the streets (just to name a few). Story after story, speech after speech, I cried from start to finish.
At the end of the program, host Anderson Cooper awarded the hero of the year. The winner for 2011 who received the recognition, as well as $250,000 for her cause, was Robin Lim, a midwife who started a clinic that offers free prenatal care, birth services and breastfeeding support (just to name a few) to women in Indonesia. You see, in some parts of the world, if you don't have a lot of money, you can't get the proper care that you and your baby need. "In the hospital here, you cannot take your baby home until you've paid your bill," Lim explains to CNN. "Sometimes the mothers wait outside the hospital all day, waiting to get in to feed their baby and to change their baby's diaper."
"The situation is bad... Babies are unattended, deliveries have become commercialized, and mothers die from hemorrhage after childbirth because they can't afford proper care," Lim told CNN earlier this year.
After Lim's sister died of a complication of her own third pregnancy, Lim was crushed and came to Bali to reinvent her life. She started the clinic run by Indonesian midwives to help women deliver their babies, and in turn, reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality in their area.
Lim, who locals call "Ibu" (which means mother), and her team of midwives in Indonesia have helped thousands of poor women have a healthy birthing experience for years, and have also taught new generations of midwives.
Upon accepting her award, Lim said, "Today on our earth 981 mothers in the prime of their life will die and tomorrow again and yesterday... And I'm asking you to help change that. We don't even know how many babies are lost, but all of us can help change that. The very best way that I know is to support your midwifery-to-mother care so the midwives can help lower the risks of motherhood and we can save lives together -- mothers and babies. Thank you… Every mother counts and healthcare is a human right."
Being in the United States, where premium healthcare is available to us, it's heartbreaking to know that many women aren't as fortunate.
To support Lim and her cause, visit CNN.com or BumiSehatBali.org.
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