Midwife Robin Lim Wins CNN’s Hero of the Year

Anderson Cooper Interviews Midwife Robin Lim About Being CNN’s Hero of the Year

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“Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet,” Lim said during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and recognized Lim and the other top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.

Robin Lim founded the Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics, which offers free maternal healthcare to thousands of poor women in Indonesia. Since 2003, Lim and her team have been working to combat the highmaternal and infant mortality rates in the Asian country.

The CNN Hero of the Year was chosen based on the results of a 11-week public vote on CNN’s website. As the winner, Lim’s cause received $250,000 in addition to the $50,000 that she and the rest of the top 10 CNN Heroes each received for making the top 10.

Now on its fifth year, the multi-platform campaign honors individuals from around the world who who an extra mile to help others. More than 10,000 submissions from over 100 countries were submitted this year.

The annual show honors the Top 10 CNN Heroes and names one of them Hero of the Year.  Read more details here.

Watch Ina May Gaskin, Godmother of Modern Midwifery, win the Right Livelihood Award in Sweden on December 6, 2012.  The award is the “alternative” Nobel Prize.

What a great week for mothers and babies, to have two exceptional midwives recognized for their life-saving and world-changing work!

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