Hannah Delivered {Book review and #Giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

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Hannah Delivered


I enjoyed this novel Hannah, Delivered. Elizabeth Jarret Andrew’s writing was spare but so evocative and lovely.

Hannah works as support staff in a hospital in Minnesota. When she sees the birth of a baby, something is awakened within her. With the encouragement and support of her nurse midwife friend Maryann, she ends up spending two years in New Mexico becoming a certified midwife.

3thingsaboutlabor-231x300Even though home births are illegal in Minnesota, she needs to return home, and she begins teaching classes and yes — delivering babies.

The characters are all so well written. Hannah herself, trying to live out her new calling, while trying to justify the approval she wants but doesn’t usually get from her father, and come to terms with the death of her mother. Her father, the Lutheran priest, trying to age gracefully and dealing with the new radical associate that’s been sent to his church. Her fellow midwife trainee Stuart is beyond description, but is a perfect foil to Hannah. Each of the mothers has her own story as well.

The novel starts off with an indication that Hannah has gotten into trouble, which sets up a dramatic framework which kept me reading. The ending felt slightly rushed (perhaps because I just didn’t want it to end), but was still satisfying.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 meagan bs May 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

I gave birth in a hospital.

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2 anne May 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I gave birth at the hospital.

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3 Jessica Medina May 13, 2014 at 12:05 am

I gave birth at a hospital.

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4 Liza Vladyka May 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

natral in hospital all 6 times

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5 Laurie May 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I gave birth in a hospital.

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6 Terra Heck May 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

My three births were in a hospital. Thanks.

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7 Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

A minor correction–home births weren’t illegal in MN in the 1990s, but ATTENDING a home birth was. The climate around midwifery has changed significantly since then, all for the better. Thanks again for the review, Jennifer! And I hope all you moms enjoy the book!

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8 Sandy Cain May 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Sounds SUPER, Ms. Andrew! I look forward to this!

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9 Becky May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Hospital births here.

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10 Joy May 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I gave birth 4 times in the hospital, but wanted to have the last 2 at home; my husband and my mother vetoed that idea.

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11 Linda Kish May 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I delivered my son in the hospital. He was a high risk birth.

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12 christine reyes May 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I delivered all three in the hospital, lol I could never do an at-home birth.

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13 riTa May 14, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Two Caesarians in hospital, one in Germany and one in Oshkosh, WI.
I was present when daughter-in-law gave birth naturally–a water birth. Beautiful experience!

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14 Angela Saver May 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I have given birth at the hospital twice!

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15 janet woodling May 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

I gave birth twice at hospital.

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16 Nancy May 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

Both our children were born in a hospital.

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17 Jody Gardner May 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I am a mother of six four girls and two boys.
Expecting our boys was so difficult troubled prenancy form the start. My husband became a long hauler (truck driver) during my last trimester with our fist son. He was due home and I had waited to long to go to the hospital needless to say our son was born at home dilivered by fire department, neighbor and pastors wife were there to help with our daughters. My husband arrived home with a note on our front door saying go the hospital. Its a boy.

Our last son was cysection, born with some complications for both he and I.

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18 Sandy Cain May 15, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Yikes, Jody Gardner, God bless you!!!!!!

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19 Sandy Cain May 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

I gave birth to my one child in the hospital. It was a miserable experience. If I could do it all over, I’d have a home birth with a midwife.

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20 Sue Hull May 16, 2014 at 2:29 am

I had my daughter in the hospital.She’s now in labor having my granddaughter in the hospital.Thank you for the great giveaway :)

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21 Anita Yancey May 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I gave birth to my daughter in the hospital. But my mom gave birth to all four of us kids at home.

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22 Carly D. May 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I haven’t yet, but I am already thinking about my options!

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23 Nicole Sender May 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I delivered in the hospital.

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24 Sharon Kaminski May 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

I gave birth in the hospital several years ago.

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25 Adrien Beatty May 19, 2014 at 3:45 am

I have never given birth my children however were born in a hospital

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26 Daniel M May 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

haven’t given birth

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27 Danielle Johnson May 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

My most recent son was born barely making it to triage at the hospital. It was very close to not making it to the hospital. A scary car ride.

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28 liz l May 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Never given birth :)

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29 Crystal Rose May 24, 2014 at 12:57 am

I gave birth in the hospital.

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