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Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression Paperback – April 26, 2006
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A common misconception is postpartum depression is a "natural result" of birth. Not so! It is a deadly serious illness but is also very treatable. I lost my daughter to PPD 5 years ago and have spent my life since losing her trying to educate the public with accurate PPD facts so that others don't die unnecessarily. For the most part, Brooke's book has done a good job of giving good information.
Anyone who confuses postpartum depression with baby blues or just being a little down after childbirth is deadly wrong. And anyone who condemns a woman for symptoms over which she has no control is grossly ignorant. (...)
The Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness.
I think Brooke Shields did a good service by writing her book because of all the awareness she has helped to create. The comments of what an untalented actress she is are really senseless because that is not what the book is about. So what if she isn't a talented actress - her book is only about post partum depression. Even if it's helped bring her fame in her difficult career, that is also beside the point. Anybody, who shares their experience and helps bring awareness to a problem that many people suffer, help to educate society.
in Brooke Shields life,I was moved with enormous compassion.
She admits she had an ideal life.A caring husband and after
a painful miscarriage,a chance for new life through I.V.F.
Innocently,Chris, her husband, and Brooke prepared to be
alone the first week to bond with their new baby girl.This
proved to be more difficult than they had anticipated.The new
born baby,Rowan,required breast feeding every 90 minutes.
Brooke's body had not fully recovered from a traumatic birth
resulting in a C-Section,and she lacked sleep.In short order
both parent's felt over their heads.Brooke was unable to feel
lovingly toward her baby and was frightened.Then,unbidden images
and frightening thoughts came rushing into her head,leaving
her afraid to be alone with her little daughter.Her husband,Chris,also worried,which made Brooke upset and apologetic for her serious postpartum condition.
She finally revealed her circumstances to her gynecologist
and gets the so necessary help.Slowly,with antidepressant medi-
cation,and a trained nurse she begins to mend.Brooke acknowledges both the physical and emotional help she needed to
overcome this awful disorder,that wrecks havoc in a woman's life and soul.
Due to Brooke's high celebrity status,I think this book
will help other mother's to have the courage to come forward
when they have these hormonal symptoms.
Perhaps,due to Brookes's unwavering honesty,she will have
saved another woman's or child's life,for telling what severe
postpartum was all about.
Thank You Brooke-You are a courageous woman.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I will not lie; my mother bought me this book as I was unsure about anything it had to say. A family history of mental illness, being an unexpected single mother with (at the time)... Read morePublished 28 days ago by DesertDarkfire
This book was depressing.....
I did not like this book. What I did not like about it was the fact that Brooke kept jumping from subject to subject. Read more
It's a little boring to read, honestly. I felt I couldn't relate to her at all, even though I have gone through PPD/PPAPublished 3 months ago by suztothee
Perhaps 3.5 stars. I read it in a situation one afternoon where I was not free to leave and needed to kill a couple of hours. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book for all expecting mothers. I wish my daughter had know about this book.Published 5 months ago by Shirley