2011 - Hannah Haehn

Email excerpt from Nyuh Kuning Village, Bali, in  2011.

Greetings from my home in the rice patties of Nyuh Kuning Village, Bali. I arrived here last week and have taken this week to get acquainted with the area and the clinic.  

I've attended four births so far and the experience has been very valuable for me both for my writing for my Master's thesis and for my work as a doula. I am so grateful for the funds that have allowed me to be here. Blessings to you all. Thank you so much. 

I look forward to meeting you and showing you around the clinic, as well as having you over to my porch for some tea, and enjoying some meals out in Ubud. 

Warm love to you and look forward to speaking soon and giving you a more thorough report of all the happenings here. 

Warmly, Hannah 

Birth at Yayasan Bumi Sehat - 

I became aware of the activities of Yayasan Bumi Sehat Birth Clinic in 2009 after having met the founding midwife, Robin Lim, while interning at Direct Relief International in Goleta, California. I visited the Birth Clinic in early 2010 as a traveler and saw, first hand, the ways that they valued the innate capabilities of women’s bodies and viewed the importance of birth within their community. 

In Bali, the moment a woman falls pregnant, she is 300 times more likely to die in the next 12 months than her peers. Bumi Sehat is filling an important gap on the island of Bali in offering skilled birth attendants to their clients regardless of their ability to pay, and in assisting in the training of midwives within the humanized birth model across Indonesia. As of 2011, Bumi Sehat’s thatched roof has been protection from sun and rain for over 9,000 consultations per year since its construction six years prior, while the walls of its two birthing rooms have welcomed over 550 births per year during this same time.

© Richard Payne 2016