Books by Lauren Shapiro

Lauren’s book ON PND (Peri-natal distress)

Through the Window: How I beat PND

Non-Fiction. Soft Cover. 394 pages

Journalist Lauren Shapiro is excited to be pregnant again. But she’s not prepared for how different this pregnancy will be. Soon she begins to feel… different. Not joyful. Not content. She tells herself it will pass. But instead of improving, it gets worse. She realises something is very, very wrong, but she doesn’t know what to do about it.

What follows is a harrowing journey through fear, paranoia, psychiatric drugs and hospitalisation. This leaves her defeated and hopeless, but with help she begins the long and arduous road to recovery. And just when she thinks she’s got everything under control, life has a few more surprises in store…

Peri-Natal Distress (PND) can occur both before and after birth, as depression and heightened anxiety. Nobody speaks about PND, and so it continues to tear apart lives and families across our nation. But PND is treatable and curable. Through the Window is testimony to that.

This gripping, honest, terrifying and human memoir is supported by professional advice from the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, to help readers recognise and address the symptoms of PND in their own lives or their loved ones’.

Lauren’s New Book

Home School Survival Guide

Non-Fiction. ebook. 75 pages

Set up effective structures and systems to make online schooling easier for the whole family. In this handy ebook you will learn how to do this with tons for free printables like home school rules, rewards charts, screen rosters, checklists, labels and more! Plus there’s an entire section of troubleshooting frustrating homeschool situations.

More than that, you will learn how to take care of your children’s and your own mental health to get you through these cruel and unusual circumstances.

Written in a clear, accessible tone with just a hint of humour (for laughter is the best medicine), the Home School Survival Guide is the answer to every stressed parent’s problems, and indeed will tell you everything you need to know to get you through these “unprecedented timetables”!

Lauren’s New Book

31 Days of Fun

Non-Fiction. ebook. 38 pages

One month of (mostly) screen-free activities, arts & crafts, science experiments, games, stories, recipes and random acts of kindness for kids aged 6-12

As COVID-19 stalks us into 2021, parents are pulling their hair out about how to keep their children safely and happily occupied during extended stretches at home.

Tried and tested by the author and her kids, this ebook compiles creative ideas for parents, grandparents and caregivers to get through the day without pulling anyone’s hair out.

Many of the activities are designed so that, with a little preparation and supervision, kids can play for hours while you get on with what you need to do. There’s also an emphasis on creating opportunities to bond with your children, and to encourage them to spread love, beauty and kindness into the world. These moments of human connection are what will get us through this pandemic.


“This is essential reading for anyone considering having a baby,
and for any professionals who care for expectant moms”

Alexandra Wallis, founder of Mums’ Support Network


Pay It Forward

HELP other women fighting PND (Peri-Natal Distress  – formerly known as Post-Natal Depression)

to find support

This is your chance to help with just the click of a button – order an extra copy of Through The Window to be donated to a library. Simply let us know in your in order notes how many are Pay It Forward copies – and feel free to write a personal message of encouragement which we will inscribe in the book on your behalf.

The more people have access to information about PND, the healthier and more supportive our society will become.


About the Author

lauren shapiro

Lauren Shapiro is a writer with a Masters degree in Creative Writing (UKZN, 2006, cum laude) and many years’ experience as a freelance journalist with a special interest in women’s issues and parenting. She lives in Durban with her husband and three children.

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