Robin Lim, CPM
Midwife, author and founder, Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinics
Robin Lim CPM... was born in 1956 when a Filipino, Chinese woman married a German, Irish, Native American man. They built a bridge of love across cultures, at a time when the world was not nearly ready to accept the changes that love would bring.
She now lives in Indonesia where she is called “Ibu Robin” (Mother Robin). Lim is a Certified Professional Midwife, with the North American Registry of Midwives and Ikatan Bidan Indonesia. She devotes her life to Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a not-for-profit organization with clinics in Bali and Aceh.
Since the Super Typhoon Haiyan struck down the Central Philippines on November 8th 2013, "Lola" (grandmother) Robin has headed up a Disaster Relief Clinic and Birth Project in Dulag, Leyte Island, the heat of the disaster.
Along with receiving babies, Ibu Robin is an author of books in the childbirth genre, in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. Lim has two published chapbooks of poetry, stretch marks and as a child in the religion of Gratitude, she was a contributor to the Tsunami Notebook (Half Angel Press, Bali, Indonesia, 2005). She was also published in 2006 by Half Angel, Obat Asli... the Traditional Healing Herbs of Bali.
In September 2009, Robin’s novel, Butterfly People, was released by Anvil Press, in the Philippines. Ibu Robin’s new book, Placenta, the Forgotten Chakra, promises to make gentle birth more gentle.
Robin’s support and inspiration is her family, husband Wil and eight astounding children: Déjà, Nöel, Zhòu, Lakota, Zion, Thoreau, Hanoman, Ellyanna. She is Lola for two grandchildren, Zhòuie Martinez and Bodhi Padma Edzra Banjo Bernhardt. This June, in the year of the dragon Ibu Robin will greet a new grandbaby!
In 2006 Ibu Robin received the Alexander Langer Peace Award in Italy. In 2011 Lim was named CNN Hero of the Year, for her work in maternal and child health in Indonesia and disaster zones. Her religion is Gratitude.
Ibu Robin’s collection of poetry; Geometry of Splitting Souls, is available on Amazon: