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Brooke Shields got it right in her New York Times Op-Ed piece when she wrote: "comments like those made by Tom Cruise are a disservice to mothers everywhere."

Brava to Brooke for taking the high road and using Tom Cruise's "performance" on Matt Lauer as a platform to raise consciousness about postpartum depression and to urge those in the health care profession to take action.

It is so refreshing to see a celebrity brave enough to challenge the supermom image that so many mothers in the public eye feel pressured to perpetuate.

Thanks, Brooke!

Expect a review of Brooke's new book, Down Came the Rain, in October, and check out my most current column, where I grapple with deciding whether to take antidepressants: Mother's Little Helper.

Rebecca Kaminsky, a Founding Editor, is a writer who lives in Berkeley, California, with her spouse and two sons. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined (Seal Press, Jan. 2006), as well as the locally best-selling anthology Wednesday Writers: Ten Years of Writing Women’s Lives. Rebecca wrote the column Down Will Come Baby for Literary Mama, and she has been a guest blogger for The Washington Post. She holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.

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