People Staff
October 27, 2005 06:00 PM

Brooke Shields is expecting another child, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The actress and her husband, writer Chris Henchy, will welcome their second child in the spring, according to her rep. The couple, who wed in 2001, have a 2-year-old daughter, Rowan.

Just last month, while appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show Shields revealed that she hoped for another baby. “I’ve always wanted more than one child,” she said.

Shields, 40, suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, and said that at the time she was “drowning in a pool of suicidal thoughts.” The actress wrote a book on the subject, Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, and has spoken out publicly about her ordeal – and the use of antidepressants to help her get better.

Of course, that support for antidepressants also led to the war of words with Tom Cruise, who criticized her during an appearance on the Today show saying, “She doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry.”

The actress retaliated with a July 1 Op-Ed piece in The New York Times. “Comments like those made by Tom Cruise are a disservice to mothers everywhere,” Shields wrote. “The drugs (Paxil), along with weekly therapy sessions, are what saved me.”

As for her little girl, Shields told PEOPLE earlier this year: “I’m so in love with my daughter. She’s so funny and she has a really strong will.”

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