Book Details

Non-Fiction
Born 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.

 

Author Details

Julie Watson
Julie grew up in a small, rural town in New Zealand. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, she worked at the local maternity annexe as a nurse aide. Life could not have been happier, until the death of her second baby at birth led to depression, loneliness and despair. Julie overcame these challenges and studied to be a nurse and midwife in her late thirties – fulfilling a lifelong dream. As a midwife, Julie has worked in many countries – including Zambia, Africa where she worked at Kalene Mission Hospital. She lives in Palmerston North, New Zealand with her husband, Barry.