Books by Lauren Shapiro

Lauren’s new book

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’.


“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 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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