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Pregnancy/Expecting Parents Resources

The below information is for students who are pregnant and need resources, such as: who to connect with to solicit accommodations and how to access the lactation rooms. Pregnancy can be daunting and exciting however, when you are a student it is important to gather all the necessary resources which will support you in your journey as a successful student. You are not alone. Reach out to any of the below resources.

Pregnancy Resources (On Campus)

Pregnancy Resources (Community Resources)

  • Department of Education Office for Civil Rights - Title IX:

Parenting or pregnant students are also protected under the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX from any form of discrimination. The guidelines, which can be viewed here, states:

34 C.F.R. Part 106

Recipients of federal funds “shall not apply any rule concerning a student's actual or potential parental, family, or marital status which treats students differently on the basis of sex…[and] shall not discriminate against any student, or exclude any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student's pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom, unless the student requests voluntarily to participate in a separate portion of the program or activity of the recipient."

Pregnant and not sure what to do? That can be scary, but you’re not alone. The professional, caring staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center will give you all the straight-up information you need to help you make the right decision for you. No pressure, no judgment. Just support.

OptionLine provides free and confidential counseling as well as accurate information about pregnancy and pregnancy options. While they offer information on pregnancy options, their centers do not refer women to abortion providers. Call 1-800-712-HELP or text HELPLINE to 313131.

If you are pregnant and in need to request a leave of absence or other accommodations, please contact our Dean of Students: Jonathan Grady

Congratulations for embarking on your journey of parenthood!

Private, Sanitary & Safe: Lactation Rooms

With a number of rooms readily available, that are generally no more than a 5 - 7 minute walk from the nursing mother's work area, the CARE Office at UC Merced offers Lactation Rooms as a special accommodation to mothers seeking to breastfeed.

For access and a downloadable PDF: Access Request for UCM Lactation Rooms


On-Campus Sites

  • Kolligian Library: 1st floor adjacent to the woman's restroom (has a refrigerator)
  • Social Sciences and Management Building (SSM): 2nd floor 214 (has a refrigerator)
  • Student Services Building (SSB): 2nd floor next to restrooms - Room #2T3 (has a refrigerator)
  • Classroom and Office Building 2 (COB 2): 3rd floor 3T3 across from 312
  • Science and Engineering Building 2 (SOE 2): 3rd floor, 312 (has a refrigerator)
  • Student Activities and Athletics Center (SAAC): 1st floor Women's bathroom
  • Glacier Point: Room# 118 (locks from inside & it is inside a hallway)

If you or a guest are in need of immediate access, please contact the CARE Director: Yesenia Curiel 


Off-Campus Sites

  • Castle: Room 108
  • Fresno Center: 2nd Floor, Suite 230, Office 26
  • Merced Tri-College Center: From the reception area main entrance, the Lactation Room is the 2nd door on your right, room #TC3-E
  • Parcade: Room 133
  • Promenade: Suite M, Room 130


Other Resources

If you are pregnant and in need to request a leave of absence or other accommodations, please contact our Dean of Students: Jonathan Grady