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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,775 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brooke Shields Narrator: Brooke Shields Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781401385545
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “This disarmingly candid memoir follows Shields as she learns to battle her postpartum depression and describes how she eased this debilitating condition with talk therapy, medication, and reading. This is an informed, personal view of a serious illness affecting ten to twenty percent of new mothers.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “With an utter lack of vanity and a surfeit of clinical detail, Down Came the Rain is a personal story told with candor and grace.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Sometime model and actress Shields takes on the role of author here, wielding her celebrity status to convey a crucial message: that postpartum depression is a serious but treatable condition that can strike any mother. Shields tells her own story to emphasize this point…Highly recommended for all public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Unsparing account of the actress’s experience with acute postpartum anxiety disorder…In addition to her personal story, the author has included solid information about postpartum depression…Shields’s forthright admission of feelings that many similarly afflicted new mothers deny could well spark valuable discussions about ‘this large white elephant sitting in the room that no one was supposed to talk about.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shields reads her own account, providing a very personal and emotional glimpse into what should have been a joyous time in her life but tragically wasn’t. A seasoned actress used to the spotlight, Shields does a stellar job reading her own words with great depth and feeling, yet her tone portrays the strength she believes she gained through this experience. Beyond becoming a public advocate for education regarding this medical affliction, she honestly recounts her feelings and experiences with warmth and eloquence.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 K Nolfi | 2/3/2014

    " Ugh, this book is dreadful. It's just so badly written. And she really does come off like a big baby. It's weird though, because it's not like she has nothing to complain about but her tone is so distasteful. There's something about her that makes me think that she has no friends and just hangs out with her mom. She was a beautiful girl. Pretty Baby is one of my favorite weird '70s movies maybe cuz I like Keith Carradine. I'm always interested in '70s actors and child actor drama but this book is redundant and crappy and not about her crazy ass modeling and acting experiences, which duh, I knew it wouldn't be but I thought I might get a story or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Munster | 1/26/2014

    " I liked this book, but it started to drag at the end. It was interesting to hear her struggle and what lead her to get help, but at the end of the story, it became "my life is great, blah, blah." Definietley something any new mom or soon to be mom should read though in order to better understand post-partem depression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayme | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book because I'm doing a paper on PPD for my Psychology class. It was fairly interesting but the end bothered me a bit. It was like her PPD never happened because now Shields is just SO IN LOVE with her daughter. Meh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Coppage | 1/4/2014

    " Addresses a lot of problems new moms are afraid to talk about or admit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Smith | 1/3/2014

    " An amazing read for anyone who is battling postpartum depression! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/26/2013

    " I couldn't believe how open Brooke was about her experiences, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well she writes. An important story to be told. I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/23/2013

    " after baby #3, I could relate to her in some ways, but in others, not so much. Overall a good, honest, clean look at post-partum depression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellabella | 12/23/2013

    " Saw it laying in my mother's room and was bored, so I gave it a try. Not life-altering, but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline Brun | 12/23/2013

    " A must read for woman suffering post partum. She puts into words what the feelings, experiences and the reality is. It is also a good read for the family as they can better understand what the mother is going through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/1/2013

    " Not that well-written (she is an actress, not a writer) but eye-opening about the reality of post-partum depression. Everyone who is a new mother or knows a new mother should know more about this devasting mental illness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 10/27/2013

    " I was interested in reading this because you don't hear too many people coming forward about postpartum depression. It was an interesting book to read and I liked how it was written simply and not like a medical journal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/16/2013

    " Great read about the realities of Postpartum Depression. She really put herself out there with this personal story. Easy to read. Read it in a couple of hours. Worth it for all new moms or moms to be ... (and father's too!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen Norman | 7/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book ...helps you better understand depression. Not only post partum, but depression in general. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 3/2/2013

    " This book was OK, but it's clear from the style that Brooke Sheilds is not a writer. Her story may have been better told by someone else... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/17/2012

    " Post-partum depression can affect anyone. I read it just to make sure that the feelings I was having were not abnormal... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jam | 10/21/2012

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book and glad I gave it a chance.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beate | 8/12/2012

    " Powerful. And scary. But mostly powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle pillsbury | 8/3/2012

    " In this memorable autobiography, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides readers an insight to what goes on during this tumultuous time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serenity Bohon | 7/23/2012

    " I think I loved this book because I hadn't read anything before that mirrored some of my own postpartum emotions so well. Mine were extremely short-lived but equally intense. I liked the rhythm of the book too. It was well-written, sincere, and very authentic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/28/2012

    " Very moving, honest descriptions of the pain she felt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 claire | 8/4/2011

    " Although I have not suffered from postpartum depression, I still am finding this book extremely interesting as a new mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen | 7/16/2011

    " I am interested in celebrities, but I'm not secretly thrilled when something unfortunate happens to them. I read this out of curiosity; I think it takes some courage for a public figure to let the world in on a problem in their life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 6/20/2011

    " Kinda boring and very whoa is me seeming. Not worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/23/2011

    " Was having a tough time myself at that time. The book helped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 5/13/2011

    " I think it's wonderful that Post-partum is being discussed. There was something about the writing style that left me wanting...can't put my finger on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/12/2011

    " Although not the most gracefully written book, I found the content to be informing and the story shared by Shields to be engaging without being over-bearing or too much of a lecture. I'd recommend for other mothers-to-be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/16/2011

    " Even if you don't have children this is a good read. The main difference between postpartum depression and regular depression is that with postpartum depression there is a baby involved. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather42201 | 3/21/2011

    " I could relate to a lot of what Brooke was saying but I found the book aggravating and hard to read because she just kept saying the same thing over and over again. The end got better but the beginning was tough to get through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/6/2011

    " Down Came the Rain, is a brutally honest and touching account of Brooke Shields struggle with postpartum depression. She is one voice among millions of women suffering. I love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 2/1/2011

    " I gave this three stars right after reading it, but when I just saw it on my "read" list I had almost no recollection of ever having picked it up. I guess it isn't one of those stories that really sticks with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberley | 1/12/2011

    " I read this story whilst going through IVF treatment myself and could only imagine how it must have been for Brooke to feel so overwhelmed by motherhood after all she'd been through. It's very candid and very moving. I applaud Brooke's honesty in writing it. "

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About the Author
Author Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields began modeling and acting during childhood and went on to star in film, on television, and on Broadway. She graduated with honors from Princeton University and is the author of a memoir, the New York Times bestselling Down Came the Rain, and a picture book, Welcome to Your World, Baby, also illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. Brooke lives with her husband, writer/producer Chris Henchy, and their daughters, Rowan and Grier, in Los Angeles.