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#RRBC Spotlight Author, Julie Watson @BornForMidwife

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African Life. Letter to Home

It is a lovely day today and the internet is up and running so a good time to write. In the last couple of weeks we have been getting frequent thunder storms and torrential rain resulting in power cuts and the internet being down. It is the rainy season though so we have to expect that it will rain. It is not every day and mostly the rain comes late afternoon and into the evening. There is normally thunder and lightning so we get warnings and then the rain comes with fury. It can last sometimes an hour or last all night.

We have to unplug all electrical equipment during this time because of power surges which can destroy what is plugged in. We are particularly careful about the laptop. Our lifeline to the outside world.  We can read the news and find out what is going on in the world. Barry down loaded a DVD player off the internet so we can now watch any DVD which is great for night entertainment. The neighbours have a good selection.

We have been loaned a breadmaker by the midwife I work with which has helped heaps. We are sold on it and may even buy one when we get home. We have a great recipe book so experimenting with all kinds of bread. That is if we have the ingredients. The mangoes are coming on and Barry made some mango jam. Barry’s flare for cooking is coming out and I am sure he has his mother’s gift for cooking.  

Barry has been helping the physiotherapist who is our neighbour repair equipment like wheel chairs and walking aids for patients. He is also working on the staff houses getting them repaired so they can be used. He is being used to repair some of the theatre equipment and has made up and fitted lightning protection for the telephone exchange room which kept being blown out by lightning.

Rachel the midwife who runs maternity is having next week off leaving me to run the place. Would appreciate prayer that we have a calm and quiet week and no stressful dramas and that the work load is manageable. THANKS!! She deserves a well earned rest that’s for sure but even with me here the work seems too much

We had three babies that were very sick and they are now all home and all breastfeeding. I have included a photo of them. They were so funny when I took their photo. They kept laughing and giggling.

It is a different world that’s for sure. We have a nice flat that we are enjoying and coming home to a nice coffee is bliss although I was thinking the other day it would be nice to just go to a cafe’ and be served. Coffee and carrot cake. Yum!! That just seems such a luxury but one I am looking forward to.

Lots of Love Julie & Barry xx

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Julie WatsonAuthor Bio

Julie grew up in a small, rural town in New Zealand. After leaving school, she worked at the local maternity annexe as a nurse aide, which gave her a love for caring for mothers and babies. Life could not have been happier, until the death of her second baby at birth led to depression, loneliness and despair.

Julie’s first book Born for Life: A Midwife’s Story follows her journey to overcome the challenges she faced to become the midwife that she was born to be.

She always had a dream to travel and work in a developing country. She had the opportunity to work as a midwife in many countries – including Zambia, Africa where she worked at Kalene Mission Hospital.

Julie’s second book Born for Life: Midwife in Africa describes her experiences living and working in Africa. She shares her incredible journey to make a difference in the lives of African women and their babies.

Julie lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand with her husband, Barry. She has recently retired and enjoys writing, travelling, volunteer work and spending time with her friends and family.

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Born for Life A Midwife's StoryBorn for Life: A Midwife’s Story

From a young age Julie pondered what she would do with her life. A job as a nurse aide in the local Maternity Annexe at the age of sixteen gave her a love for being with women during labour and birth and caring for mothers and their babies. 

Life could not have been happier, married to the man she loved and the birth of a son.  The tragic and unexpected death of her second baby in her first hour of life led to depression, loneliness and despair.

Born for Life: A Midwife’s Story tells of Julie’s struggle to overcome tragedy and who triumphs to become the midwife that she was born to be.

The many birth stories are told from an era in the 1970s through the eyes of a young nurse aide to modern day midwifery in New Zealand as an independent midwife with her own caseload.


Thank you so much for visiting with us today. It’s always my pleasure to celebrate and support my fellow writers. Follow along the rest of Julie’s blog tour and exciting month by visiting the RRBC website.

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36 thoughts on “#RRBC Spotlight Author, Julie Watson @BornForMidwife”

  1. Hi Julie! I loved your letter. It really pulled me into your life in Africa. I can imagine the bread baking and the storms knocking out the internet. I’m enjoying your tour. Thanks for hosting Marlena.

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    1. Thank you, Denise, for your comment. It was such a life-changing experience living and working in Africa. In a word, it was back to basics but gave me such an appreciation for everything we have.

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    1. Hi, Julie. I enjoyed this post, especially the letter. There have been many times, especially in years past, when the power was out for an extended period of time due to weather. But even so, I was not isolated from the world because of it. I can’t imagine living in a world like what you described. I will definitely have to check out your book!
      Marlena, thank you for hosting.

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      1. Thank you Rhani. It is amazing how you adapted to no luxuries and cope with a country that’s so different from your own. I admired the people that lived there permanently who came from Western countries.

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  2. Thank you for taking me into a time in your life spent in Zambia, Julie. The rain has its own scent in the tropics, your letter reminded me of life in New Guinea during the wet season. It certainly teaches you how to appreciate even the smallest of luxuries. I’m enjoying your tour. Thanks so much for hosting Julie today, Marlena.

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    1. Thank you Soooz for following my blog tour and am pleased you are enjoying it. Yes, the thunder, lightning and torrential rain were something I’d never experienced at that level. At the mercy of the elements when the power is out and the rain is beating on the roof.

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  3. Congratulations, Julie for your book. I love reading your letter which reminds me of my niece’s trip to Africa. She is a nurse and was there for the summer. She said she delivered babies. It must be quite and experience when the midwife took a leave and you had to run that place. ❤

    Thank you Marlena for hosting the tour. I'm playing catch-up. I'm still babysitting my granddaughter! 🙂

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    1. Miriam thank you for your support. I am pleased you could relate to my letter after your niece also working in Africa. When I had to work on my own it was quite stressful but I did get on with it and knew it was only for a week which helped.

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