Juggling pregnancy and parenting while still in school is definitely a challenge, but with support and resources, it is possible!
It can be daunting to know what resources are available to you, or even where to begin looking. Hopefully the following tips can give you some inspiration as to where you can go to fulfill your needs and thrive as a pregnant and/or parenting student.
- Know your Title IX Rights
Many pregnant and parenting students are not aware of their rights under Title IX. Check out our previous article, Your Rights As a Pregnant Student & Mother, to learn more about your Title IX rights. These rights apply to student fathers, too!
Schools that receive federal funding are required to not discriminate against pregnant and/or parenting students and are expected to work with students to help them achieve their educational goals.
- Find A Support System
Is there a professor you click with? A friend who believes in you no matter what? Surround yourself with some people who will have your back, people who will build you up and encourage you to strive for your goals and dreams while nurturing and growing alongside your child(ren):
- Look for a local parents’ group.
- Join a faith community.
- Join a club. It can be tempting to join a lot of clubs, but start small and just choose one that you’re especially passionate about — it’s a sure way to find people with similar interests!
- Reach out to your student life office and ask if they can connect you to other parenting students on campus.
- Keep in touch with family and friends. Even though this can get difficult with busy schedules, even a brief text can help maintain important relationships!
- If you’re desiring some mentorship, Leap for Joy is an organization that can connect you with a mentor for free.
While it can take time and effort to find, a support network is incredibly helpful. There are people who want to see you succeed and grow!
- Finding Resources
- Take advantage of any free resources and accommodations your school may offer. You never know what might be available to you until you ask! Check out your school website and contact the student life office to learn about how your school may support pregnant and parenting students.
- Visit the Standing With You website and type in your ZIP code to easily view a curated list of local resources, including health and supportive services.
- And finally, browse our site for helpful articles on everything from saving money on everyday essentials to personal health. One of the best ways to curb feelings of being overwhelmed is to equip yourself with knowledge and know that you are not alone in the demands of everyday life.
By Kathryn Pluta