Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

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In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery. When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed--a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever,...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published April 26th 2006 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 1900)
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Missy
I read this because I really struggled after my baby was born, and I had heard that Brooke Shields had, also. There were times while reading this that I thought, "It's as if Brooke Shields read my mind when I was a new mom!" She had her baby before me, but still. It was weird how so many of the feelings and thoughts she described were exactly like ones I had. I couldn't relate to the rest of her life, such as when she talked about being on Broadway, having homes in NYC and LA, or hiring a baby n...more
stephanie
i am so happy this book was written. not just for PPD women, but for people dealing with depression in general. it's so true; it's so real to the way it feels, and the way it breaks families and relationships apart.

it is a selfish thing, and it is so difficult to understand when you aren't in it. i love the way brooke's perspective changes, how you can see the despair begin and then the climb out, and how meds aren't the end all.

i really felt a kinship with her struggle to decide to go on meds...more
Emily
When I first heard that Brooke Shields had suffered from postpartum depression, my heart went out to her. Just the hormones, alone, from having a baby can leave you on an emotional rollercoaster. That being said, I went into this book with a lot of sympathy. My attitude quickly changed. *Down Came the Rain* reads like a manual for how to have a baby. Aside from the fertility issues (if my own husband sneezes in the same room as me I get pregnant), I might have been reading excerpts from my OWN c...more
Emily
I was interested in this book because my mother developed severe postpartum depression after having her last baby - my little brother. I wanted to learn more about it and remembered when this book came out a few years ago.

Brooke Shields lets you into her private world to discuss what it was like to develop severe postpartum depression very soon after having her first child. It was very informative and cast light onto that dark dusty corner that most people prefer not to look at, because of lack...more
Megan
Very moving. A great book to read if you think you are going through, KNOW you are going through, or have already been through Postpartum Depression. Reading it after being diagnosed with it myself made me feel like I was not the only one to go through those emotions. There are not a whole lot of books written about Postpartum Depression- let alone one that is NOT a textbook type. It is hard to deal with, let alone telling someone (or the whole world) that you have/had it, there is a terrible st...more
Andrea
So I choose to read this book because of my curiosity with postpartum depression and I was told it was an honest account. True it is honest, but the writing was less than fair... (I never knew that she had a degree in French literature from Princeton, maybe she'd have done better if she had written it in French?) Don't get me wrong, I applaud her for writing so candidly about postpartum depression and the thoughts/feelings that go along with it. She is brave for doing so and has probably helped...more
Jenn
Jun 15, 2008 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all new moms
MY husband bought this book for me a few days after I was diagnosed with major post partum depression. Only after seeing an interview with Brooke Shields on a morning tv show did I finally get help. I didn't understand what was wrong with me -- when I heard her speak about what she had been through I felt such an overwhelming sense of relief that someone else had had the same thoughts and feelings. Though it is not the most well written book it is very realistic and for the most part relatable....more
Lori Reed
For me, becoming a mother also means that I feel happier than I could imagine and more sad than I thought possible. None of this indicates that I am crazy or in any way abnormal. Basically I am just more alive and present in my own life than I ever remember being.

In her autobiography Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, Brooke Shields describes the difficulties she and her husband had conceiving a child, the many failed in-vitro fertilization attempts, a horribly painful...more
Elizabeth_agd
Jul 08, 2008 Elizabeth_agd rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone suffering from postpartum depression
Recommended to Elizabeth_agd by: Jenn Neeb
I appreciated Brooke's honesty in how she described her experiences. Some of her points felt a little over-stated and went on but the writing was interesting. Several key components of her experiences really resonated with me. The experiences were bang on with what I was feeling before and during my diagnosis and it was almost a relief to hear that I wasn't an abnormality.

First, when she had a hard time defining herself after her daugher was born because "up until now, I realized, I had equated...more
Brianna
I almost gave "Down Came the Rain" only three stars because, even after reading about her heartfelt struggle with PPD (postpartum depression), I still had trouble looking forward to hearing about anything she has ever had to go through. BUT... I ended up at four stars. The reason being? Despite her book having a whiny edge to it (as in "poor me, living such a hard life with multiple houses and a career that gives me the financial freedom to do pretty much whatever if good for me at this moment")...more
Carrie
This book was one of the worst I've read in quite a while. I read it because I was interested in learning more about postpartum depression, not necessarily because it was Brooke Shields, who I've never been particularly interested in. The writing in this book was horrid. I seriously think I could write a better book right now. The unfortunate thing about this book is that I really do think she has an important story to share, but the tone of the writing was so irritatingly whiny and dramatic, sh...more
Michelle
Brooke Shields is a horrible writer. Maybe the blame lies on her ghost writer, if she had one, but the prose in this is almost unreadable. It is dorky and lame and clunky and very tell-not-show. For such an emotionally charged topic (post partum depression) this book was not emotional at all. I expected to be heartbroken on her behalf and it all felt very flat. It’s interesting that her husband wondered aloud, early in her pregnancy, if she might eventually suffer from PPD. This is an telling ti...more
Lori
Apr 23, 2008 Lori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: new mothers
Recommended to Lori by: Chris McGinn
Shelves: self-help
This helped me realize that my experience after the birth of my daughter was nothing to be ashamed of. I see that some reviewers criticize the book as simply an account of motherhood, rather than depression, but I have to disagree. Sure, being tired, frustrated, exhausted, embarrassed, and deprived of sleep (have I mentioned "tired" yet?) is the universal maternal experience. But depression is much more complex than that.

And yes, I would have loved to be able to hire a baby nurse, as Brooke did...more
tee
A little repetitive, not entirely gripping but I'm thankful for anyone that steps out of the dark and speaks out on mental illness. Postnatal depression is something that, incredibly, is still hushed up and not spoken about, which makes it even harder for women who are suffering from it as they feel that it is a wrong and taboo thing to be experiencing.

Reading Brooke's experience made me realise that what I experienced was quite 'run of the mill', although when I was experiencing it - I felt en...more
Bethany Royer
I'm torn. While the message is incredibly important, having myself gone through PPD, the writing style left much to be desired.

Unfortunately, "Down Came the Rain," appeared to have been Shield's private journal that was immediately put to print without a single bit of editing. The story had no flow, jumping confusedly from one thought to the next. It is quite the work to get through but considering how few people are willing to talk about PPD, to admit of its existence and for so many, like mys...more
Amber
Feb 02, 2009 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Women
This has got to be one of the most rawly honest books I have ever read. I applaud Brooke Shields for having the courage to bare her soul in order to tell her story and help others. Having struggled with PPD myself, I had to put the book down a few times because it felt as though she had written things from my thoughts. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled with PPD or who ever plans to have a child. Even if you don't believe you are at risk, it can still hit you. Even if...more
Hope
As someone who suffered from an almost suicidal post-partum depression, which ultimately cost me my marriage, I have pretty much read everything available on the subject (which hasn't been much until recent years.) This is, in my opinion, one of the clearest, most informative, reassuring and helpful books available. I spent years trying to figure out "what happened" and why. Thanks to this book, I have laid this sad chapter of my life to rest. Shield's personal and comforting book is a great res...more
Marissa Weintraub
This book helped me during a very dark time after my first daughter was born. I didn't recognize the signs of Post partum depression and then once I did I was too embarrassed to tell or ask anyone for help. This book helped me to realize that I wasn't alone in this and it was okay to talk about and reach out for help. PPD has been made to be such a taboo subject and I just don't think enough people talk about it. I highly recommend this book.
Kelley
My overall thoughts on Brooke Shields prior to this book were pretty neutral... in fact I basically had no thoughts on her. I listened to this book, which was read by her. I found it quite moving. Not earth-shattering, but very real. Despite her fame she sounds more like a friend or the mom down the block in this book. She talks about everyday activities, everyday concerns and of course everyday trial, tribulations and stresses.
I love how she talks so much about denial and so much about believi...more
Lori
While Brooke Shields is not the greatest writer she is honest with her feelings which is really the point of the book. It helped me to understand what I went through after the birth of our son, (on a much smaller scale). More importantly, it helped me to see what our daughter went through after her Rowan was born. I'm so sorry Sarah. I had no idea.
Kimbolimbo
Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this audio book. Brooke Shields has a nice voice both as an author and as reader. I love getting to know people through reading their memoirs and hearing their stories. I loved getting to know Brooke a little better than before. It was well worth the few hours it took to hear her tell of her experience.
Caroline
Great book. So raw and emotional. Brooke Shields has done a huge service to PPD and to all moms everywhere with her honesty about a very difficult and frightening time in her life. To share such intimate details of her physical and mental health is brave. She wins high marks in my books for sharing her story to help other moms.
Pat
I am well past child-bearing age But it seemed to me that Brooke Shields had been treated unfairly by some when she spoke up about her postpartum depression. I experienced only short bouts of it that soon went away after each of my sons was born, but I have never forgotten the feeling of sadness and just being overwhelmed. I wanted to hear Brooke's story.
I was absolutely stunned at what this poor woman went through to even have a baby! I had trouble getting pregnant the first time, but I did n...more
Paula
This is a very detailed look at the difficulties that Brooke Shields had just to get pregnant. She was happy while pregnant but she wasn't able to have a vaginal birth and had to have a C-section, then the baby had to have some adjustments and she just spiraled into a deep post partem depression. Good read.
Maria (Wen)
Brooke Shields provides an honest attestment of her journey through postpartum depression. It is an easy read and thoroughly captures your attention throughout the book. It is also a story that says that no matter who you are, famous or not, PPD can affect anyone and there can be a happy ending.
Vicki
I loved this book. I felt myself resonating with some of her emotions -and had to reach for a kleenex a few times. I think that anyone that has experienced Postpartum Depression - or witnessed it, should read this book. I was taken with her honesty and strength to tell it all.
Marisa
I was interested in reading this because you don't hear too many people coming forward about postpartum depression. It was an interesting book to read and I liked how it was written simply and not like a medical journal.
Sheela
I don't know why I read this book, but I think I picked it up after being mad at Tom Cruise for pretending he was a psychologist. It turned out to be really good, and I learned a lot of about depression.
Emily
I wish that this book was given to new moms at the hospital. It's an honest look at what a lot of women go through.
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