When Pregnancy Goes South: Keeping Birth Gentle

Mothers, father, grandparents, midwives, nurses, doulas, doctors and concerned citizens are calling out for human rights in childbirth. Yet, this worldwide push is relatively small when we consider how many women, newborn babies and families are affected by human rights infractions in childbirth. The bullying of mothers and their families, just when they should be enjoying the miracle of birth, is all too often, all over this world, accepted as the norm, as though women should suffer in childbirth. I cannot imagine that our divine Creator meant for women to suffer.

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About Author: Robin Lim

Ibu Robin Lim, CPM, had been a midwife for over 20 years when she studied with Debra Pascali-Bonaro to become a DONA Doula. Ibu Robin is the mother of eight and the grandmother of Zhouie, Bodhi, Tashi, Rimba, and Bear. Ibu Robin splits her time between Bumi Sehat Community Health and Birth Center in Bali; the Philippines, where the Bahai Arugaan ni Maria Birth Center Palawan will open in 2019; and Lombok, Indonesia, where Bumi Sehat is operating a disaster relief clinic in tents since the north half of the island was destroyed by earthquakes. “Birth in the Era of Climate Change,” a MEAC-accredited course, is offered by Ibu Robin and Jacquelyn Aurora upon request. Along with The Farm midwife Deborah Flowers, Ibu has developed a website for families called Awakening Birth (awakeningbirth.org). Also, visit bumisehat.org.

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