CNN Hero of the Year and native Iowan shares her passion in life, midwifery
A reported 16 million people tuned in to watch as Robin Lim was named CNNâ??s Hero of the Year back in December of 2011 for her humanitarian work as a midwife in Indonesia.
Several years ago, Lim started Bumi Sehat and itâ??s main focus is safe motherhood and infant and child survival.
From Iowa, Lim came back to her roots to the Sondheim Center in Fairfield Tuesday night to share with others her calling in life: midwifery.
â??Where I work in Indonesia and all over Asia, India, Philippines, most of the world -- when you have your baby at the hospital, if you don't have money to pay, you can't take your baby home. So it's one of the things that we help to avoid. We help the poorest people, we help the beggars, the prostitutes, and we also help people who are wealthy ex-pads because they all get the same service. They know the don't get V.I.P. service, everyone gets service but when those wealthy ex-pads come in, it really helps to subsidize the poorest people so we focus on the least, the lost, and the last of humanity,â?? said Lim.
Lim wanted to bring to light an issue she said is very near and dear to the hearts of Iowans.
â??I'm a certified professional midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives and as a certified professional midwife. If I practice outside a hospital here in my own home state, itâ??s a felony. So it's a human rights issue. The U.S. is number 50 for maternal mortality which means itâ??s safer to give birth in 49 other countries in the world that spend less on child birth technology so we know that technology is not the answer,â?? said Lim.
Lim received $250,000 to go towards her cause for being named CNNâ??s Hero of the Year.