A gentle Birth

"Every mother counts and healthcare is a human right." ~ Ibu Robin Lim

Every day, 981 women die of complications during childbirth around the world. One woman who is campaigning to change this, is Ibu Robin Lim, also known as the ‘Guerilla Midwife’.
She was voted CNN Hero of the Year 2011.
16 years ago, she founded Bumi Sehat, a non-profit organization that runs two by-donation community health centers in Bali and Aceh, Indonesia.
Midwifery services to ensure gentle births are at the heart of Bumi Sehat and their clinics welcome approximately 600 new babies into the world each year.

Bumi Sehat advocates gentle birthing practices, which put mothers at the center of the birthing process by supporting their labor in safe and empowering ways.
This gives women the capacity to give birth naturally without the use of medical intervention.
Practices such as water birthing, early skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, delayed cord cutting and the use of herbs and homeopathic alternatives instead of pharmaceuticals, all contribute to healthier births, mothers and babies.
These methods are gathered from Ibu Robin’s procedural habit of respecting science, nature and tradition. Some of these methods are either unknown or ignored in almost every hospital in the world.

This photo reportage tells the story of one such gentle birth. Ni Made Murtini arrived at Bumi Sehat at 10am on the 12th of February 2012. She was to give birth to her second son that day.