Mental Health Monday: Down Came the Rain

Posted 14 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Mental Health Monday: Down Came the RainDown Came the Rain by Brooke Shields
Published by Hyperion Books on May 3rd 2005
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Depression, Family & Relationships, General, Motherhood, Parenting
Pages: 240
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four-stars

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 hen 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.

This is a quick read. The writing is a bit simplistic, but the intentions are fantastic and I love that it brings mental disorders (post-partum depression (PPD), specifically) front and center. I like that Brooke Shields as a celebrity was willing to share just how hard it was to cope with the (common!) depression that she had after giving birth.


In the book she continually reiterates that there is no one to blame for PPD and just because no one talks about it, doesn’t mean that it’s not real and more importantly, treatable. She also makes an effort to continually emphasize that PPD is nothing to be ashamed of.

As far as being a mother I had a hard time relating to the book, as I had no trouble conceiving (she speaks of her battle with getting pregnant and in vitro fertilization). I did not experience PPD (probably because I remained on my psycho-tropic medications through my pregnancy). Also, I did not experience the guilt of going back to work (law school in my case). 

Additionally, I was very well educated on PPD and medications related to it because of my previous battles with depression. But she talks of all these things candidly and encourages new mothers to remember that the feelings are normal and there is no shame in getting help – in fact getting help is the best thing that you can do for your new baby and family. 

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