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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, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter.

In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating 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. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike.

Review:

"In 1980, when she was 15, Shields starred in The Blue Lagoon. In the movie, her character accidentally becomes pregnant, and when her son is born, he intuitively finds his way to her breast as Shields looks on with love and contentment. The irony of this scene isn't lost on the grown-up Shields, who not only did not become pregnant accidentally — numerous IVF cycles and a miscarriage preceded the 2003 birth of her daughter — but suffered a devastating aftermath to that birth. 'I was in a bizarre state of mind,' Shields describes, 'experiencing feelings that ranged from embarrassment to stoicism to melancholy to shock, practically at once. I didn't feel at all joyful.' Shields assumed she'd bounce back in a few days, after resting from her difficult labor. Instead, her feelings intensified: 'This was sadness of a shockingly different magnitude. It felt as if it would never go away.' While Shields denied anything was wrong, the persistence of friends and her husband persuaded her to seek treatment through medication and therapy. This brave memoir doesn't shy away from Shields's most difficult moments, including her suicidal thoughts, clearly showing the despair postpartum depression can wreak. While the writing is sometimes repetitive and clichd, it does emphasize the depth of Shields's depression. This tale will bring awareness of a problem that so many mothers have been afraid to discuss; look for this book to touch off a flurry of lifestyle pieces. Agent, Kassie Evashevski at Brillstein Gray. (May 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"An unsparing account....Shields's forthright admission of feelings that many similarly afflicted new mothers deny could well spark valuable discussions." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

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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Jessica A, May 21, 2006 (view all comments by Jessica A)
This book is for everyone even if you didn't suffer from this or anyother mental illness or don't know anyone you did.

Thank you, Brooke for writing about your journey though this. Been wanting it or buy this ever since it first came out last year, but I'm glad I waited until the paperback version came out. I also suffered from this, well not postpartum yet, hopefully will never suffered from it since I read your book. At first I found it very boring, but didn't stop reading it because of that. I knew I should continue to read it, I did, I'm glad I finish it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401301897
Subtitle:
My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
Author:
Shields, Brooke
Publisher:
Hyperion
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Postpartum depression
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Motherhood
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050503
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
1 x 1 x 1 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781401301897 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1980, when she was 15, Shields starred in The Blue Lagoon. In the movie, her character accidentally becomes pregnant, and when her son is born, he intuitively finds his way to her breast as Shields looks on with love and contentment. The irony of this scene isn't lost on the grown-up Shields, who not only did not become pregnant accidentally — numerous IVF cycles and a miscarriage preceded the 2003 birth of her daughter — but suffered a devastating aftermath to that birth. 'I was in a bizarre state of mind,' Shields describes, 'experiencing feelings that ranged from embarrassment to stoicism to melancholy to shock, practically at once. I didn't feel at all joyful.' Shields assumed she'd bounce back in a few days, after resting from her difficult labor. Instead, her feelings intensified: 'This was sadness of a shockingly different magnitude. It felt as if it would never go away.' While Shields denied anything was wrong, the persistence of friends and her husband persuaded her to seek treatment through medication and therapy. This brave memoir doesn't shy away from Shields's most difficult moments, including her suicidal thoughts, clearly showing the despair postpartum depression can wreak. While the writing is sometimes repetitive and clichd, it does emphasize the depth of Shields's depression. This tale will bring awareness of a problem that so many mothers have been afraid to discuss; look for this book to touch off a flurry of lifestyle pieces. Agent, Kassie Evashevski at Brillstein Gray. (May 3)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "An unsparing account....Shields's forthright admission of feelings that many similarly afflicted new mothers deny could well spark valuable discussions."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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