Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Version: Unabridged
Author: Brooke Shields
Narrator: Brooke Shields
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Self Development, Women's Health
Publisher: Hyperion Audiobooks
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (9)

A great read

Written by Anonymous on January 28th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent biography. This books walks you through the experience of post partum depression and the horrible symptoms that one suffers so you get a real understanding of the pain and shame attached to this illness.

Down Came the Rain

Written by Marie G on November 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow! So emotional and fraught with tests of the spirit. I like that it was read by the author. She was able to put all the right inflections in all the right places. I have some experience with postpartum depression - so it brought back some memories. Rowan is a lucky little girl.

Highly Recommended

Written by Mrs. Morgan in Az on September 21st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I highly recommend that all 1st time pregnant women read this book!! I could really relate to everything Brooke went through after going through my own PPD experiences. She tells it like it is. And listening to it helped me to come to terms in new ways I hadn't yet made peace with. Thanks Brooke for being so brave and writing this book!

Down came the rain.

Written by Anonymous from Gales Creek, OR on March 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. Brooke really gets into this book when she reads it to you. You can imagine her while she reads it. I don't have kids yet and I thought that it was a really good book full of helpful hints/ thoughts about Postpartum Depression and that we are not alone. Wonderful book I would read it again


Written by Anonymous on January 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Incredibly personal revelations! It's amazing that Brooke Shields could disengage herself from the pain she went through to write this book. I would recommend it to any one who has a loved one who may be subject to post-partum depression to read before pregnancy. After reading this, at least you will know what to expect!

Down Came the Rain

Written by Anonymous on September 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed listening to this book. It reminded me of my own experiences with prgnancy and early motherhood. I found it enjoyable to listen to.

not a great book but great she spoke out

Written by Claudia Rutherford on September 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I wasn't impressed with the writing of this book, which seemed kind of trite and cliched at times. However, my hats off to Brooke Shields for writing it in the first place. I felt that she was very candid about what she went through and how hard the early months after birth can be. I thought she went a long way towards demystifying postpartum depression and hopefully lifting some of the taboo of talking about it.


Written by Amanda Runnels on July 18th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Brooke really opens up about the process of pregnancy and mothering in a not so rosy light. She is very humorous and very normal. She was debilitated by depression and sought life-saving help. Tom Cruise should be ashamed of himself.

Down Came the Rain

Written by Melanie Russom from Mechanicville, NY on July 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW, what a great book and kudos to Brooke Shields for telling her story. I pray that it will help the many women who suffer from post partum depression. Additionally I give Brooke credit for standing up for herself and these women when Tom Cruise has been spouting his opinion about this subject.

Author Details

Author Details

Shields, Brooke

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.