Birth & Midwifery in Indonesia
Resources for parents and practitioners
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Birth Situation Room Report
Midwifery Today Country Contact*
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Robin Lim is a mother, grandmother, author, poet, midwife and educator who lives in Bali with her husband and children. She is a Certified Professional Midwife, with the North American Registry of Midwives and Ikatan Bidan Indonesia. She is a founder and executive director for Yayasan Ibu Bumi Sehat Birth Center in Bali. Lim splits her time between the birth center and the Tsunami Relief Clinic in Samatiga Aceh, Sumatra. Many of her articles, stories and poems have been published in Midwifery Today magazine and The Birthkit newsletter. Her books After the Baby's Birth… A Woman's Way to Wellness and Eating for Two…Recipes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women were published by Celestial Arts. Lim has been given the Alexander Langer International Peace Award. Read more about Robin Lim in our biography section.
Effect of Poverty on Birth
One mom births perfectly, a healthy baby boy. Another suffers a stroke in childbirth, and baby’s Apgars are 3 and after 20 minutes, 7. Why was the second mom’s outcome, same day, on the island of Bali, so different? Answer: poverty. The second mom was too poor to eat well. We must change the agricultural agenda of the world’s powers so that we can feed our expectant mothers. This must happen for there to be hope for future generations. It will take every individual living in the heart of compassion, as mothers live and serve, to save this world.
— Robin Lim, CPM, Indonesia