Because gut health begins at birth, we feel compelled to support a healthy start in life...
Access to a healthy mother is every child’s best bet for developing a proper microbiome and ensuring survival - and poverty can make this extremely difficult. At Hyperbiotics, we believe we can be changemakers in our world and have partnered with Robin Lim at Bumi Sehat Foundation International to ensure that medically-disenfranchised mothers are properly tended to and that no child will suffer because they don’t get the basic care and nourishment that they need.
And what better way to make a difference than to ensure new beings enter this world full of love and nourishment and without a compromised microbiome?
To date, Hyperbiotics has sponsored the prenatal care and birth for over 600 women and babies and led the effort to raise over $150,000 (where we matched funds raised dollar for dollar) to complete the construction of their new clinic, which triples their capacity. We also provide ongoing probiotic supplies for Bumi Sehat's work in Indonesia, Philippines and Nepal.
In Bali, Indonesia, where the typical month’s salary is $150, hospital fees can seem daunting and impossible, especially given the rising number of Western-influenced Cesarean sections. The harrowing truth is that it is not uncommon for hospitals in Indonesia to keep the baby until the parents are able to pay the medical fees in full, sometimes forcing them into putting their child up for adoption. Because many families cannot afford hospital care, they stay home without a skilled birth attendant, contributing to very high maternal and infant mortality rates. In fact, the leading cause of maternal death in Bali is hemorrhage after childbirth.
Ibu Robin Lim (“Ibu” means mother in Indonesian) is an American who founded Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a gentle birthing center and sanctuary, in Bali where she and her team of midwives work tirelessly to change things, and to change the world, one gentle birth at a time.
Robin’s center delivers both babies and medical aid to anyone in need at no cost. Her birthing and educational clinics have saved hundreds of lives and delivered thousands of babies over the last decade, serving the poor and medically disenfranchised citizens of Bali and far away in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh, Sumatra where the infant mortality rate is 5 times higher and maternal mortality rate is 31 times that of the U.S.
Robin promotes gentle birthing – the bringing of a life into this world in an undisturbed way and the facilitating of optimal health, bonding and connection. She says, “Imagine a world in which each individual is born with an intact ability to love…and I am willing to work every day and night of my life to make it so.”
Robin is an internationally-recognized humanitarian, a well-known author, and a CNN Hero of the Year. She is also our hero.
The impact of her work spans the emotional as well as the physical. You see, gut health (otherwise known as health) begins at birth. As a baby travels through the vaginal canal, he or she is inoculated with the bacteria the newborn needs to begin a healthy life on earth. The next round of probiotics, as intended by nature, is delivered through skin-to-skin contact and next through their mother’s milk with the purpose of building the foundation of a proper internal microbial ecosystem, promoting health and well-being.
MicroBirth is a new and eye-opening feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way: through the lens of a microscope. The film investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with their health later in life.
The purpose of the documentary is to raise public awareness of the importance of “seeding the baby’s microbiome” at birth with the mother’s own bacteria – this bacteria helps train the immune system to recognize what is “friend” and what is “foe.” We believe “seeding of the baby’s microbiome” should be on every birth plan – for even if vaginal birth isn’t possible, immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding can still help to provide bacteria crucial to the development of the baby’s immune system. In the scientists’ view, if we can get the seeding of the baby’s microbiome right at birth, this could make a massive difference to the baby’s health for the rest of its life.