Robin Lim (USA)

World-renowned midwife, defender of mothers' and children's rights


Ibu (Mother) Robin Lim CPM is a Filipino–American midwife, mother and grandmother, and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation), an organization based in Indonesia that provides free prenatal care, obstetric services and medical assistance to those in need, especially in developing countries and areas affected by natural disasters.


Her passion is human rights in childbirth, and she believes that each individual is an essential “Piece of Peace” therefore by protecting mothers in childbirth and newborns we may build peace, one baby, one mother, one family at a time.

Along with devoted team members, Robin has been an early responder to many disasters: Aceh (post 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami), following earthquakes in Yogyakarta (2006), Haiti (2010), Nepal (2015) and in the aftermath of super-typhoon Haiyan in Dulag, Philippines.

In 2011 Ibu Robin was chosen CNN Hero of the Year. This gave Midwife–to–Mother care a broader popular platform, worldwide. In 2012 APPPAH, The Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health, gave Ibu Robin the Jeannine Parvati BirthKeeper award, and in 2016 she became Earth Company’s Impact Hero.
Robin’s published books include: Ecology of Gentle Birth, After the Baby’s Birth, Wellness for Mothers, Eating for Two (Recipes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women), Placenta the Forgotten Chakra, The Geometry of Splitting Souls (Poetry), and Eat Pray Doula, and a novel Butterfly People.
In 2009 Ibu Robin’s daughter, Déjà Bernhardt, released two award winning documentary films about her work and the essential importance of gentle birth for a more peaceful planet, Guerrilla Midwife and Tsunami Notebook.