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2011 CNN Hero of the Year and Midwife Lim Presents at UVM Nov. 5

Ben Brown, Ian McDaniels, Tamar Goldberg, Robin Lim, Steele Taylor, Juliana Marton and Phil Trabulsy
From left, Ben Brown, Ian McDaniels, Tamar Goldberg, Robin Lim, Steele Taylor, Juliana Marton, Phil Trabulsy, M.D. Robin Lim is the founder of the Bumi Sehat Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, which is a non-profit clinic providing health care to woman and children - including a high volume midwifery service. (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

The University of Vermont College of Medicine Integrative Health and Global Health Medical Student Interest Groups hosted a special presentation by Robin Lim on November 5, 2012 in the Davis Auditorium in the Medical Education Center on Level 2 of Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Ambulatory Care Center campus.

Lim was named a CNN Hero of the Year in 2011. Her talk at UVM, titled “Safe, Natural, Gentle Birth Practices: How They Impact a Family’s Ability to Thrive,” focused on her experiences in Indonesia and her philosophy of birth.

An internationally-recognized midwife who received her training and certification in midwifery in the United States, Lim is the founder of the Bumi Sehat Foundation International, a Bali, Indonesia-based non-profit clinic providing health care to woman and children that includes a high-volume midwifery service. An American citizen, she was born in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., and raised in the Philippines. She first learned of the startling maternal and infant mortality rates in Indonesia during personal travels there in 1994. In 2005, she founded Bumi Sehat, a fully-recognized Indonesian NGO that runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia. The foundation provides more than 17,000 health consultations for both children and adults per year.

Lim is a well-known author and has published several books, including After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women (Celestial Arts, 2001), and Eating for Two: Recipes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women (Celestial Arts, 2004), as well as two books of poetry. Her newest book, released this year, is titled Placenta: The Forgotten Chakra.

Learn more about Bumi Sehat Foundation International.