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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression


Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Brooke Shields was happily anticipating being a mother. The road
had not been easy --- with several series of IVF treatments and a
painful miscarriage --- but still she and her husband, comedy
writer Chris Henchy, persevered. After many tries, she became
pregnant. Then, following a cautious pregnancy and a harrowing
delivery, Brooke finally had her baby, a beautiful daughter named
Rowan Francis. What should have been the happiest time in her life
quickly turned into a nightmare. "At first I thought what I was
feeling was just exhaustion, but with it came an overriding sense
of panic that I had never felt before." Only days after the birth
of Rowan and returning home, Shields found herself in the throes of
an inexplicable, crippling depression.

Something far worse than simply "baby blues." This was something
she could not explain. Despite all her efforts to have a baby, she
felt no connection at all to her newborn daughter. Where were all
the carefree moments of playtime? Where was the euphoria she was
supposed to be feeling? Why couldn't she revel in her new

After consulting with many close friends and family members, she
began to realize she was not alone in her feelings. Many new
mothers experience postpartum depression. The first step is to
realize that you need help and ask for it. Secondly, there's no
shame in it --- one in every ten mothers suffers from some form of
postpartum depression. Third, once diagnosed, it's a very treatable
disease. And after some weeks, talking with her doctor and
implementing a combination of talk therapy and medication, she soon
felt the clouds lift and she began to fully enjoy her role of new

Shields's touching and candid memoir offers help and hope not only
to new mothers who might be suffering some kind of depression, but
also to those closest to them --- husbands, parents, siblings. Once
awareness is raised about the disease and the symptoms to look out
for, the easier it will be to overcome. This book will help offer
comforting advice and insight on what can be a very confusing time
in a new mother's life.

Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller on January 21, 2011

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
by Brooke Shields

  • Publication Date: May 3, 2005
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • ISBN-10: 1401301894
  • ISBN-13: 9781401301897