Our Top 3 Books on Postpartum Depression


Down Came the Rain: My Journey through Postpartum Depression

By Brooke Shields.  Hyperion, 2005.

Actress Brooke Shields’ personal account of her struggles with postpartum depression after the birth of her first child.  She discusses the illness in the context of her own life and shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication and time.


This Isn’t What I Expected; Overcoming Postpartum Depression

By Karen R. Kleiman and Valerie Raskin. Da Capo Press, 2013.

Postpartum experts Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin offer sound, compassionate advice on dealing with all aspects of postpartum depression.  This self-help book will help readers understand the symptoms of PPD and distinguish it from “baby blues”, offer strategies to mobilize support from husband or partner, family and friends as well as ways to seek and evaluate treatment options.  

The Mother-to Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book

By Sarah Poulins. Berkley Trade, 2009.

Ms. Poulins has gathered “real life” stories from women from all walks of life who have suffered from postpartum depression and back to wellness. She takes great care to ensure the book represents the many different aspects of life with a new baby that have the potential to be challenging for any new mother.  The hope is that the reader will find hope and healing.