New And Expectant Parents

If you are a new or expectant parent, there are many resources on campus and in the community to help support, assist and provide for you and your child:

HEALTH CARE

It’s important for new or expecting mothers to receive healthcare during their pregnancy and post-pregnancy; visit these available resources to find the site that best suits your needs:

  • Birth Choice
    • 391 Wallace Road Jackson, TN 38305
    • 731-664-8443
    • http://yourprivatechoice.com
    • Services: pregnancy consultation and testing, medical consultation, ultrasound, and education
  • Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department (Clinic and Administration)
    • 804 N Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305
    • 731-423-3020
    • Services: birth & death certificates, child/teen health, communicable diseases, dental health, emergency preparedness, environmental health, family planning, health promotions, rabies control, solid waste, TennCare Kids, vaccines, WIC Center

FAMILY HOUSING

Pregnant students are welcome to remain on campus during their pregnancy. A traditional residence hall does not have the resources needed for a newborn child, but there are several options on campus and in the community for students expecting and with families:

  • Beth Ann Simpson
    • Coordinator of Student Services & Operations, AVP Campus Services
    • (731) 425-1951
    • ecarkuff@memphis.edu
  • Jackson Housing Authority
    • 125 Preston Street Jackson, TN 38301
    • (731) 422-1671
    • http://www.jacksonha.com
    • Services: provides quality assisted housing and supportive services to low and moderate income people and/or disabled

MOTHER AND CHILD NUTRITION

There are several agencies and food bank resources in the community that can assist with prenatal care and provide nutritional resources for your family:

  • Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department
    • 589 E College Street – WIC Center Jackson, TN 38301
    • (731) 423-3020
    • Services: birth & death certificates, child/teen health, communicable diseases, dental health, emergency preparedness, environmental health, family planning, health promotions, rabies control, solid waste, TennCare Kids, vaccines, WIC Center

MATERNITY AND BABY CLOTHING

If you are in need of maternity clothing or baby clothing for your child, visit the following clothing banks and low-cost facilities that can assist you:

  • Birth Choice
    • 391 Wallace Road, Jackson TN 38305
    • 731-664-8443
    • http://yourprivatechoice.com
    • Services: pregnancy consultation and testing, medical consultation, ultrasound, and education
  • Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA)
    • 133 Airways Blvd, Jackson, TN 38301
    • (731) 427-7963
    • http://wwwrifajackson.org
    • Services: provides food pantry, food bank, soup kitchen, thrift store, job skills training, relief services, and outreach

COUNSELING

The University Counseling Center offers free counseling if you are having emotional difficulties about being a new or expectant parent. There is a counselor available to talk with you 24 hours a day at (901) 678-4357 (HELP), or call the National Crisis Center 24-Hour Hotline: 1(800) 273-TALK. There are additional resources available to you on campus and in the community:

  • Beth Ann Simpson
    • Coordinator of Student Services & Operations, AVP Campus Services
    • (731) 425-1951
    • ecarkuff@memphis.edu

ACADEMICS

If you are pregnant, you will not have to stop attending school. You are entitled to continue to participate in classes and school activities during and after your pregnancy. The University is committed to supporting you in your efforts to remain a successful student during and after your pregnancy.

  • As soon as possible, you should consult with your professor(s) about your pregnancy.
  • Your professor(s) will make any necessary and reasonable adjustments to enable you to successfully complete your coursework. 
  • Examples of adjustments that may be made include: providing a larger desk, frequent trips to the bathroom, excusing absences that are related to your pregnancy, pregnancy related condition or childbirth, and providing accommodations in regard to the submission of assignments.
  • If you feel that you are being discriminated against on the basis of your pregnancy or that your professor is not working with you to provide accommodations, contact the Title IX Coordinator in the Office for Institutional Equity
    • Jamilah Harris
    • Business Service Center Manager & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
    • (731) 425-1901
    • jsalim@memphis.edu

BREAST FEEDING

A mother has a right to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present. Lactation areas are available on campus in the Student Health Center and by request of the Dean of Student Office, please contact them at (901) 678-2187.

  • Beth Ann Simpson
    • Coordinator of Student Services & Operations, AVP Campus Services
    • (731) 425-1951
    • ecarkuff@memphis.edu