“Nothing is more important than how we are born. And this engrossing novel takes you right into the heart and soul of this primal experience at the heart of our lives.” –Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Unflinchingly honest, a gripping novel that explores the emotional and spiritual dimensions of natural birth.” –Jennifer Margulis, author of The Business of Baby
WINNER of the IPPY Gold Medal for regional fiction, Midwest.
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 gets 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.
What people are saying:
“Hannah, Delivered delivers the goods. Compelling, controversial, thought provoking and beautifully written, I could not put it down.” –Patricia Harman, author of The Midwife of Hope River, The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir, and Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey
“Hannah, Delivered documents Hannah’s trajectory from midwife wanna-be to solo practitioner with grace, veracity, heart, and passion.” –Peggy Vincent, author of Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife
“Of all the gripping and suspenseful birth stories in this novel, the most moving is that of Hannah herself, a young woman hemmed in by fear who through courage and the help of friends is birthed into a new world of love and community. As she learns to trust women’s bodies, the gift of body and blood that creates communion, her spirit awakens to her own power and truth, revealing her vocation and transforming her relationship to her dead mother and minister father. Her birth as a fully empowered woman will inspire hope and courage.” —Mary Lane Potter, author of the novel A Woman of Salt and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry
“Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew’s novel takes the reader deeply into the essence of the midwife’s calling – honoring connection, passion, and the profound stories of life and love. There is no denial of pain and death here, only the woman, family and midwife, together, asking “what is being born?” From my perspective of straddling the two cultures of homebirth midwifery and hospital obstetrics, Hannah, Delivered illuminates how even a radical homebirth might be the most life-affirming choice possible.” –Heidi F. Rinehart, MD
“This novel is delicious to read, from start to finish—a wonderful addition to the literature about midwifery and birth.” –Suzanne Arms, author of Immaculate Deception and Founder-Director of Birthing The Future ®