Name: Rowan Francis Henchy
Date of Birth: May 15, 2003
Parents: Brooke Shields & Chris Henchy
Siblings: Grier, 6
- Rowan was born in New York City
- Her mother suffered the debilitating effects of postpartum depression after her birth and penned the book Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
“We get crabby if we don’t talk. Maintaining family rituals that keeps us close is key, like making sure to sit down to dinner together to talk about our day as often as possible. And no cell phones at the table!” – Brooke on her family.
“[I went through postpartum depression] after Rowan was born. I had a healthy, beautiful baby girl and I couldn’t look at her. I couldn’t hold her, smile at her. All I wanted was to disappear and die. I thought my baby would be better off without me. With help I learned what was going on inside my body and my brain. I learned I wasn’t doing anything wrong to feel that way – that it was out of my control. I wrote about it because I didn’t want to push it under the carpet for my children to discover. Stuff that gets unacknowledged or unexplored festers.” – Brooke on her experience with postpartum depression after Rowan’s birth.