Hannah, Delivered

by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew


How does Hannah Larson, a conventional young woman with a strong need to serve, wind up in jail for delivering a baby?

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Late one night in a busy St. Paul hospital, a nurse midwife drags Hannah Larson out from behind her reception desk to assist with a birth. When Hannah witnesses that baby tumble into the world, her secure, conventional life is upended by a fierce desire to deliver babies. So begins Hannah’s journey away from her comfort zone.  In a midwifery apprenticeship in New Mexico, she befriends a male midwife, defends a teenage mom, and learns to trust women’s bodies, then moves back to Minnesota to start her own illicit birth practice. Hannah’s need to stay safe proves both an asset and a liability: homebirth isn’t legal in Minnesota in the 1990’s. To deliver healthy babies, Hannah risks jail time, her community’s respect, and her career. The key to unlocking her fear rests in one birth—her own.

Hannah, Delivered tells the story of how inexplicable passion, buried strength, and professional skill deliver one woman from fear into a rich and risk-filled life.


Distributor: Ingram Publisher Services
Pub Date : 05/01/2014
Price : $17.95 USD / $18.95 CAD
ISBN:  978-1-940192-18-5
Trim :  6×9
Format : Trade Paper
Pages : 300
BISAC Code   Category:
FICTION  / General
FICTION  / Literary
FICTION  / Contemporary Women

• Women in general
• Lay midwives, nurse midwives, OB/GYNs, doulas, maternity care staff and doctors.
• Pregnant women considering their birth options. Mothers disgruntled with their birthing experiences.
• The “nones,” liberal Christians, pastors, non-traditional congregations, the emerging church movement, those who identify as “spiritual but not religious.”
• Women’s book groups.  Women’s support groups.  The Oprah set.
• Readers in Minnesota and New Mexico who are interested in place.

• Each year, approximately four million babies are born in the U.S.
• Infant and mortality rates in the U.S. are abysmal.
• Midwifery remains a felony in some states, in spite of foreign success stories.
• Provides for a contemporary, non-traditional exploration of faith.
• Raises great questions (about healthy birth practices, about the balance between risk-taking and staying safe, and about the nature of faith outside of religion) for discussion in book groups and on blogs.

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Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Swinging on the Garden Gate, Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir, and On the Threshold:  Home, Hardwood, and Holiness.  Learn more about her work at www.spiritualmemoir.com and www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com.


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