Robin Lim, a Filipino-American midwife said in a speech during the 2011 CNN Hero awarding ceremony at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday evening.
With average families in Indonesia earning only $8 a day, many cannot afford birthing services in hospitals, which can cost between $70 and $700. Thus, the country holds high maternal and infant mortality rates.
Lim, 54, said mothers should only worry about delivering their babies safely and not about how they should pay the hospital where they gave birth.
She is the 2nd CNN Hero of the Year awardee of Filipino descent. The first Pinoy CNN Hero was Efren Penaflorida for his Kariton Classroom advocacy, two years ago.