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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depressionby Brooke Shields
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When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, a crippling depression followed. In Down Came the Rain, Brooke writes about the depression, and ultimately the triumphs that happened before and after the birth. It specifically details that part of her life, with supporting information from the rest of her life, such as her relationship with her mother, reference to her previous marriage to Andre Agassi, meeting and marrying her husband, Chris Henchy, a screenwriter.& nbsp; It will include chapters on the assistance she needed getting pregnant (one miscarriage, seven in vitro fertilizations), a chapter on a mostly uneventful pregnancy, but that her father died the day before she gave birth, and then greater detail on the depression and events post pregnancy until Rowan's first birthday. With a knowledgeable voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, Brooke discusses a disorder that has been widely misunderstood and is prevalent in many new mothers. It will not be specifically prescriptive, but it will include information about PPD she has found out since experiencing her own, as well as a resource section of books and websites to consult. It will be vetted by an ob/gyn and a psychiatrist.
In her bestselling memoir, now in paperback, Brooke Shields shares with the world her deeply personal experience with postpartum depression When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter to the world, her joyful expectations were quickly followed by something unexpected--a crippling depression. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. Ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.
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.
About the Author
Brooke Shields has starred in many feature films, including Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, and Black and White. She earned critical acclaim on Broadway for The Vagina Monologues and Cabaret, among other shows. She earned a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Suddenly Susan. Brooke continues to lend aid to issues involving children's welfare and education, and has established Hands of Change, an organization which benefits young women.
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