It is common for mothers to feel somewhat sad or different emotionally after they give birth. Delivering a baby involves a sudden change in hormones. This rapid change can lead to what is most commonly known as the baby blues. Though it is common it’s important to know the difference between Baby Blues and postpartum depression.

Symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety / Sadness.
  • Crying / Mood Swings.
  • Appetite Problems.
  • Feeling Overwhelmed.
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Baby Blues can occur 2-3 days after delivery and can last 2-3 weeks. Postpartum Depression can include similar symptoms but they last much longer. It can make it hard to care for yourself or your baby.

If you have been feeling anxious, sad, or more nervous than usual and you feel that it’s affecting how you are caring for your baby call Beacon Health Services at: 888-581-7526.

You’re not alone. There are other mothers out there who may have experienced what you’re experiencing.

Feeling Safe

Every 20 minutes a person comes into physical harm from someone they love. You have the right to make choices that keep you safe and healthy. If you ever feel unsafe, there is help available in your area. We can get you connected.

San Joaquin County

Women’s Center Youth and Family Services:

  • Domestic Violence: (209)465-4878
  • Sexual Assault: (209)465-4997
  • Youth/Human Trafficking: (209)948-1911
  • Youth toll free: (800)769-4357
  • Or visit:

Haven of Peace: Homeless Shelter for Women. 7070 South Harlan Road French Camp, CA 95231 (209)982-0396 / Fax (209)234-1010

Stanislaus County

Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus:

  • 24 Hour Line: (209)577-5980
  • Business Line: (209)524-4331
  • Crisis Line: (888)454-2836
  • Modesto: 618 13th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
  • Turlock: 301 Starr Ave, Turlock, CA 95380
  • Visit their website here.

Stanislaus County Mental Health
Emergency Services (209)558-4600

National Resources

National Crisis Line

  • Toll Free: (800)834-1990

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Phone: (800)799-7233 English/Spanish
  • TDD (Deaf Callers):(800)787-3224

Additional Resources on the Web:

Customer Service Representatives are available to assist you
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Posted on April 25th, 2016 and last modified on February 4th, 2020.