Brooke Shields Not Afraid Of Second Bout With Postpartum Depression

Shields’ says her pregnancy ‘a surprise’

Brooke Shields’ pregnancy proved to be a huge surprise for the actress—because she was preparing to embark on fertility treatment when she learned she was expecting. Shields and her husband Chris Henchy were expecting to repeat in vitro fertilization (IVF), which they used to conceive their two-year-old daughter Rowan. She says, “This was a surprise of a child. My husband was the most surprised. We don’t know what month it is (due), ’cause I still have to go through all the sonograms… It’s hard to chart it.”

Meanwhile, Shields is preparing to face another battle with postpartum depression after learning she’s due to give birth to her second child next year. The actress, who battled the blues after giving birth to her daughter Rowan in 2003, insists she’s ready to take on the depression should it strike twice. 

Shields Not Afraid Of Second Bout With Postpartum Depression
10:46 am EST November 2, 2005

NEW YORK — Actress Brooke Shields isn’t worried about suffering from postpartum depression when she has her second baby.

Shields and husband Christopher Thomas Henchy’s second baby is due in the spring.

She told NBC’s “Today” show that she knows the symptoms now so she’ll be ready for it if it comes.

Shields said she “won’t fight it” and “won’t feel ashamed.” Shields and Henchy have a daughter, Rowan Francis, born in 2003.

After Rowan was born, Shields said she suffered from postpartum depression that was so bad there were times she thought about swallowing a bottle of pills or jumping out of a window.

If she does feel depressed, Shields won’t take the same prescription drug she did the last time because she didn’t like the side effects.

But she still defends anti-depression drugs, saying they gave her a feeling of “contentment” and let her see her daughter “for what she was.”

Shields’ disclosure of her postpartum depression in her book, “Down Came the Rain” prompted criticism from actor Tom Cruise and a fiery debate about the use of antidepressants with “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer last summer.

Cruise’s criticism prompted Shields to respond in a New York Times Op-Ed piece, saying the actor’s comments were “a disservice to mothers everywhere.”

Shields’ first child was a test-tube baby, but she said she was able to conceive naturally this time.