The vision, mission, purpose behind presenting this photo Journal, is to acknowledge and honor the feminine divine energy in all its wisdom and beauty and to inspire and awaken humanity. If given the same opportunities as men, woman by nature will support, nurture, inspire, uplift, bring co-operation, and more compassion and raise the consciousness of humanity.
Stephen Laurence Harvey
As one of my favourite authors profoundly stated ...
“If woman are allowed the freedom to grow to their full potential, there will be many, many women enlightened; many, many women mystics, poets, painters, healers, And they will enhance not only the woman’s part of the world – because the world is one – they will enhance the whole world. They will give man also new dimensions because their ways of seeing things are different. Man looks at things in one way; the woman looks from a different perspective. Life will become richer."
My greatest blessing in this life has undoubtably having been born to the most devoted, nurturing, compassionate loving parents a human could possibly wish for. My Mother was a beautiful soul, and hand in hand with my dear Father they created a beautiful home for my younger brother and I to grow up in, from where we would learn how to love by their example. I will forever consider them to be my guardian angels. My Mother was a quiet soft spoken woman, but in truth she was a “Silent Warrior”. The oldest of five siblings my Mother embodied the matriarchal figure of the family. Her nickname to all those that knew her was “Goldie” which her father gave her as a child because of her golden locks, in truth it was a more a description of her loving heart. Everyone who knew my Mother loved and deeply respected her. When my Mother transitioned, I felt a calling to honor her memory. Although I never had a sister, I have always been surrounded by incredible Women throughout my life, many of whom became my soul sisters over the years. This photo Journal, “Women of Wonder”, is a salute to all the amazing women I have crossed paths with and dedicated as a tribute to my Mother “Goldie" ... to whom along with her sisters I give all the credit for teaching me how to respect and value Women.
I love you Mum, may you soar the heavens, your forever grateful, loving son…Stephen
Women come to love, nurture, nourish and inspire mankind to live to it’s highest potential.
Women are the Creators the Mothers drawing on the wisdom of spiritual teachers, visionaries, leaders and healers from diverse traditions recognising life’s sacredness, knowing all life is community.
Women of Wonder is the feminine Archetype, she empowers with wisdom, strength, tenderness, compassion, courage, sincerity, authenticity, and loving kindness
If we lived in a world where the feminine spirit was truly honoured and respected there would be more peace, love & harmony
The WOW documentary series follows the stories of extraordinary Women who are inspiring role models helping to shape a new world through their contributions to society. These Women of Wonder are setting an example for the next generation of young Women who seek empowerment and guidance.
Robin Lim ("Mother Robin," or "Ibu Robin") is a midwife and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics, which offer free prenatal care birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it. She and her team have been working since 2003 to combat Indonesia's high maternal and infant mortality rates, and the Bumi Sehat birth centers serve many at-risk mothers. She was awarded the 2011 CNN hero of the year award by the CNN news network for helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia with healthy pregnancy and birth services. In 2012, the Bumi Sehat Foundation provided 50,050 recorded incidences of patient care, educational and human services. From its beginnings as a community health and childbirth clinic in Bali, Lim took the Bumi Sehat Foundation to Aceh following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Combined, the two clinics have facilitated the birth of more than 8,000 babies. And when earthquakes struck, Lim took the project to Yogyakarta in 2006, Padang in 2008 and Haiti in 2010.
Lim and the Bumi Sehat midwives are prepared to provide maternal and infant care in the middle of devastated areas with limited materials. Instead of cutting the umbilical cord, for instance, she burns it—especially in disaster zones, because it's something she can teach midwives and doctors who have lost their instruments. Using scissors to sever the umbilical cord carries a risk of tetanus, while burning the cord mitigates risk of infection. In addition to knowing how to safely respond medically, Robin Lim and the Bumi Sehat Foundation don't have any particular religion, and honor all requests and faith traditions, aiming to help mothers feel safe and supported.
Lim is an advocate for parental rights. Babies are often held by hospitals in Indonesia, until payment is made for birthing services. Parents sometimes in desperation relinquish their rights and place their babies up for adoption. Lim's Yayasan Bumi Sehat birthing sanctuaries offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it in Indonesia, where the average family earns the equivalent of $8 a day, and a normal hospital delivery without complications costs around $150. A Caesarean section can cost more than $1,000. Indonesia's high maternal and infant mortality rates are caused in part by these costs, which many women cannot meet. In turn, their lives and the lives of their babies are at risk. While some Indonesian celebrities and expatriates choose Bumi Sehat to birth their children, and they often give donations, 80% of the families served by the clinics can barely pay anything, and are helped for free.
Lim is a U.S. citizen, with deep roots in the Philippines, the homeland of her mother. Lim is a mother of eight children of her own, and author of many books related to infant and maternal health. She became a midwife after several personal tragedies, including the death of her sister (and her baby) from complications during pregnancy, and the loss of her best friend and one of the midwives who delivered one of her own children.
Lim was raised in the USA and Philippines while her father was stationed in Vietnam with the U.S. military. She studied at Santa Barbara City College. Lim and her husband, William Hemmerle, sold their home in Hawaii and moved the family to Bali. Once in Bali, Lim volunteered to help local women birth their babies in various homes. As the demand for her services grew, she decided to obtain formal midwife certification. Lim is a Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives. In 2003, with help from the Balinese community and donations from friends across the globe, Lim and fellow midwife Brenda Ritchmond as well as board members; Eka Yuliani, Made Wena, and Made Sandiyasa opened the first Yayasan Bumi Sehat clinic.