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5.0 out of 5 starsA lifesaver when I was lost at sea.
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2015
I bought this book after giving birth to my twins when I found myself battling postpartum depression. I thought I was a terrible person and horrible mother for feeling and thinking the way I was during that time. This book helped me understand the gravity of what I was trying to deal with and helped me to understand that it wasn't my fault and helped me to reach out to my family and friends to ask for the help I needed. It's been ten years since I read it and it still sticks with me. It was beautifully written and touching. A lifesaver when I was lost at sea. I would recommend this book to anyone who is expecting, or has recently given birth and may be experiencing depression when they feel like they should be filled with joy.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
I wrote to Brooke on Instagram just to tell her how much I loved reading her book.. actually I was almost in the middle of it at the time. I told her I felt I was sitting right next to her and she was telling me her story. It’s very real. You could hear her voice I swear. I ran through her pages quickly without getting bored at all. Worth the mere 10 bucks. Love her. I told her daughters must be so proud. As her whole family should be, she went through a lot. I have lots of respect for her as a woman and a mother. I’m very happy for her life now. Great book Brooke!
5.0 out of 5 starsthis is a very informative book… My daughter had a ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017
this is a very informative book… My daughter had a baby a few months ago and was suffering from postpartum anxiety… We bought this book and passed it around between her eye and her other grandma… It gave a lot of help and insight…
5.0 out of 5 starsRelatable and helpful beyond belief
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2014
When going through postpartum depression it's the most hard and difficult thing to go through because not only do you yourself not understand it but the people around you don't either. To be able to read this book and feel normal even with all the insane hormones running through your body is a great feeling! I would even read this book over if I have a second child just because of how helpful it was to have someone to really relate to!! I never really wanted to thank any author after reading their book but after this book I feel so close to Brooke who I don't even know but wish I could just say thank you for the help.
brooke shields has done an excellent job painting a picture of one of the negative possibilities of the postpartum experience. though it took her a while to get pregnant, her pregnancy was wonderful; so it can be very surprising to read how difficult her experience was after the birth of her daughter rowan.
this is an important work in many ways. first, we know that postpartum depression occurs in 10 to 20% of new moms. this makes depression the number one complication in childbirth! also, the baby blues occur in 75 to 80% of new moms. there are several other postpartum psychological disorders to be aware of as well. for instance, postpartum psychosis occurs in 1 to 2 moms per 1,000 births. though rare, this disorder can have tragic consequences (reference andrea yates).
in working with patients, I recommend this and other books by celebrity figures specifically because it's amazing how healing it can be for new moms to see that women they think of as having perfect lives can still have problems after having a child. shields has done an excellent job here and writes in a very honest and descriptive fashion. she also includes resources for more information.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic read. True with every word
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
A long time ago my mom presented this book to me when she noticed that I was going through postpartum depression after having my first child. I read this book in two days and every page I turned seemed like it was written for me. It's been 7 years since I read it but I buy it all the time for those who are suffering the way that I did. This is a fantastic read.
What a great, honest and heartfelt book. I bought this when I was about a month postpartum. I was feeling very alone and was afraid to talk about how I felt. Brooke really opens the door for discussion and bares her soul in this book. I recommend this book to all new mothers who may be feeling overwhelmed or depressed.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn important book with a powerful message of hope
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2017
an honest brave account of one womans story of post natal depression I'm so glad I found this book Brooke is in a powerful position and knew this story needed to be told so she could share her message of hope to others this book is very important and is a great resource for people suffering from post natal depression, this book gives hope and paves the way for many a woman who will sadly suffer this condition but will find profound solace in this precious book. its a powerful message of hope and that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. To be this honest takes a very brave strong person, well done Brooke Shields.
5.0 out of 5 starsSearingly and refreshingly honest- excellent.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2008
I can honestly say that this is one of the most refreshingly honest and helpful reads I have ever read about post natal depression and the rigours of pregnancy. I always used to think of Ms shields as being a bit flaky and "showbizzy" but after reading this I have the utmost respect for her, what she went through and admire how brutally honest she was in this book.
For most celebrities their most pressing concern post childbirth seems to be whether to sell their baby photos to hello! or OK! mag, but this book tells the dark story of acute post natal depression and how Brooke finally coped with her severe and changing moods. Having suffered from mild PND following the birth of my son, I was shocked by how severe and debilitating Brooke's depression was and I found it to be a real help in coping myself. Brooke is very honest about how bad it got (thoughts of suicide, horrible thoughts about the baby being harmed etc..) and how it affected her relationship with her husband Chris and how scared she was that she was going insane.
Having read Myleene Klass's book about pregnancy where she complains about trivial things such as feeling too ill to go out for cocktails with elizabeth jagger on a carribean photo shoot(!), this book was a refreshingly honest and helpful read and not once did I feel at all resentful or annoyed by Brooke's complaints (eg- yeah, its easy for you- you're a celebrity and can afford a nanny, personal trainer, etc...) like I did with Myleene's account. Whilst she does take us to the darkest places of her depression, the end of the book is hopeful and Brooke's message is that no matter how bad it gets (and believe me, for her- its bad) there is always hope. PND can be treated if the new mum can be brave enough to admit how she is feeling and talk to her doctor. A brilliant read about going through a very dark place and coming out the other side.
I could not put this book down, it is so naturally written, moving, amusing, heartbreaking and honest. Brooke should be applauded for speaking out, and for helping other women to face what is happening to them. Sadly in the Uk I think therapy and medication are not as "normal" as they are in the USA, and I wonder what would happen to a British woman in this situation. To know that "someone who has everything" can feel this level of despair, and not just an ordinary person, is also reassuring. Knowing that the book has a happy ending kept me going through the most awful parts, but I felt it was worth reading every page. Especially being pregnant and not sure what to expect next, I hope I do not go through this , but if I do I will read it again and take her advice.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2012
Having seen an interview on TV recently with Brooke I decided to purchase her book. It is not a bad read but does tend to go on a bit too much. Depression is very serious and needs to be recognised but I feel that Brooke kills the book by repeating herself many, many times. Still worth a read.