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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  2,859 Ratings  ·  451 Reviews
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 Hachette Books (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Nov 25, 2007 Missy rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2009 stephanie rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2007 Emily rated it it was ok
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
Jul 18, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Feb 22, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Mom
Shelves: non-fiction
My mom picked this up in the $1 bin and recommended it to me a while back, knowing my weakness for celebrity memoirs. I ended up listening to the audiobook. I never noticed how much Brooke Shields and Terry Farrell (the actress who plays Jadzia Dax in DS9) sound alike until now. It was hard not to imagine Jadzia, wearing a teal and black jumpsuit, explaining her journey into motherhood in Quark's bar...

I really appreciated Brooke's transparency. I could relate with many of her experiences which
Feb 04, 2008 Andrea rated it it was ok
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
Jun 15, 2008 Jenn rated it it was amazing
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
3 1/2 Stars

The writing not impressive, but message delivered nonetheless. I suffered from postpartum depression after the delivery of my first child, thus I connected with Shields' struggle. A good read, especially for those who have, or are, suffering from postpartum depression.
Dec 30, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
I think it's awesome that Brooke shared her story. It really isn't something people talk about and it reflects a lot of what I went through after having my kids. Her thoughts, emotions and struggles really made me understand my own so much better. The writing was a little bit monotone, with a lot of very deliberate recognition of emotions. I think that medication for depression tends to give you a very flat personality with a view of your emotional self from the outside rather than feeling them ...more
Lori Reed
Jul 30, 2013 Lori Reed rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2008 elizabeth_agd rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2012 Brianna rated it really liked it
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
Feb 04, 2012 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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
Nov 04, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2008 Lori rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2008 tee rated it liked it
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
Bethany Royer
Jan 14, 2009 Bethany Royer rated it really liked it
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
Melanie Springer
Aug 12, 2015 Melanie Springer rated it really liked it
Listened to the Audible edition. An especially important book for those who have struggled with postpartum depression. Shields is a good storyteller, both in her narrative voice and her reading voice.
Feb 02, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2008 Hope rated it really liked it
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
Winter Sophia Rose
Nov 12, 2014 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Informative, Moving & Heart-Wrenching!
Apr 16, 2016 Kevan rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from our midwife's lending library. It caught my eye because it was the only black-coloured book on shelves filled with cutesy pastels and whites. That's sayin' something.

I understand this Brooke's book/experience was catalytic in kickstarting the public conversation about postpartum depression when it was first published. It's easy to see why. Written in down-to-earth prose that doesn't dramatize the suffering or glamourize the author's life, it provides a full-of-heart gli
Julia Mayhugh
Jan 28, 2016 Julia Mayhugh rated it liked it
Being newly pregnant, and having a familial predisposition for manic depression, I knew I was at a higher risk for potentially having to experience PD, and read this book mostly out of curiosity.

What I got out of it was a better understanding of how the symptoms might manifest to the individual experiencing it, which I found immensely helpful. I also really appreciated Ms. Shield's vulnerability and willingness to express deeply socially taboo emotions such as maternal detachment and indifferenc
Sep 03, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it
This book was entertaining, informative, and (I feel) a must read for mothers, fathers, expecting parents, grandparents, friends of people with kids, etc. There are dangerous warning signs of depression that are important to recognize. There is hope that, as long as steps are taken to get the proper professional help, mothers can have meaningful relationships with their babies and spouses and overcome the challenges of giving birth and becoming parents. Even if you have raised 10 kids to adultho ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
I had a daughter almost 8 months ago and suffered for awhile with depression. having to get a c-section, her not wanting to breastfeed and all the other stressors of being a new parent were too much. I felt like a failure right from the start, began having anxiety and panic attacks, and felt like I didn't deserve to be a mother.

I knew Brooke had suffered, and spoke, about post partum depression, so I wanted to read her book. I'm glad I did. She graciously shares her personal struggles, from try
Mary Mcgobe
Feb 02, 2015 Mary Mcgobe rated it really liked it
I am so glad that this book was written because I am sure it has helped a lot of women. Postpartum depression is nothing to be embarrassed about and we need to focus on how the mom is feeling after giving birth. Not just how she is physically feeling but how she is doing mentally. I've had two children and never once was asked by a nurse or doctor if I was feeling down or depressed after giving birth. I think this should be a standard procedure as it can prevent a lot of heartbreak.

When I was i
Marissa Weintraub
Oct 05, 2013 Marissa Weintraub rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
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.
Brittany Cramer
Oct 10, 2015 Brittany Cramer rated it it was amazing
I was so crippled by my ppd, I bought this book just to know I wasn't alone. I remember looking at the book in the bookstore and breaking out into hysterical sobs, so happy that it wasn't just me. Just the title still, after almost 5 years, brings me to tears. Brooke Shields beautifully and honestly talks about her struggle with fertility and postpartum depression. It is still seen as such an embarrassing topic, because we should (according to society) feel nothing but an overwhelming sense of l ...more
May 27, 2014 Kelley rated it really liked it
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
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