Once upon a time, there was a little girl who dreamed of being a mommy. She wanted, more than anything, to have a child and knew her dream would come true one day. She would sit for hours thinking up names to call her baby.
Eventually this little girl grew up. Though she'd met and married her Prince Charming, she was having trouble conceiving. She began to realize that her dream wasn't going to come true without a great deal of medical help.
So she went on a long journey through the world of fertility treatments. When none of them worked, she got frustrated and depressed. She felt like a failure.
And then one day, finally, she became pregnant. She was thrilled beyond belief. She had a wonderful pregnancy and a perfect baby girl. At long last, her dream of being a mommy had come true. But instead of being relieved and happy, all she could do is cry. --Brooke Shields, Down Came the Rain
In her book, Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields provides answers to questions like "What's wrong with you? Why aren't you happy?" -- questions women suffering from postpartum depression are often unable to answer themselves.
As I read this book, I felt like I was visiting with Shields. I nodded my head, audibly said my "uh-huhs" and didn't want to put the book down. Her story is a great example of how reality often differs from our dreams.
The story told is not limited to postpartum. She shares her life with honesty as she describes life behind the curtain, fertility treatments, pregnancy, relationships and her feelings. I especially appreciate the changes she described in relationships. It provided a new perspective on how postpartum depression affects spouses.
Down Came the Rain is also about self discovery. I was encouraged to probe my own feelings. There is no real answer for everyone, we're all different. Through sharing her experience, Shields encourages readers to get help. She dispels myths like "having it means you are a bad mother." She also provides a comprehensive list of resources.
Shields ends with: "The most important thing is that you don't wait for it to pass. Most likely it will only get worse and cause more damage. I recovered only because I got help. Why waste time feeling horrible when you can take advantage of the assistance available?" I couldn't agree more.
Book review by Erin Fiataruolo
A StorkNet recommended book for anyone touched by postpartum depression!
• Down Came the Rain at Amazon.com
• Down Came the Rain at Amazon UK
• Down Came the Rain at Amazon Canada