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 fits best for you.

  • Student Health Services
  • Planned Parenthood
  • The Blues Project
    • Immediate access to prenatal and continued care for mom and baby for the insured and uninsured with prenatal and postnatal education. Information to help moms and dads continue their education and secure and Referrals to community resources and services, for currently pregnant Moms (less than 29 wks)
    • 853 Jefferson Ave, Ste E102 Memphis, TN
    • (901) 448-5135
  • Nurse-Family Partnership with LeBonheur Community Health and Wellbeing.
  • Shelby County Department of Health

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. 

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

  • Clio’s Closet
    • This confidential resource provides non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothing and even baby necessities and is open to all students in need.
    • Mitchell Hall 130
    • Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
    • WIC provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk
    • http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/index.aspx?NID=751
    • (901) 222-9750 or (901) 222-9790
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Mid-South Food Bank
  • St. Anne’s Catholic Church
    • Provides food pantry and clothes closet to those in need, walk-in residents of 38111, 38112, or 38114
    • 706 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
    • 901-323-3817
    • Saturday 9:00-11:00
    • Documents to Bring: Photo ID, proof of residence
  • Holy Trinity Community Church UCC
      • Small food shelf for families in need.
      • 685 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
      • 901-320-9376
      • Hours vary
  • Landmark Food Pantry / Thrift Store
      • Provides food pantry and thrift store and must live in 38111 or 38114, although other zip codes will not be turned away.
      • 2489 Carnes Ave, Memphis, TN 38114
      • 901-620-9558
      • Food Pantry Hours Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Thrift Store Saturday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
      • Documents to Bring: Valid ID; Proof of government assistance (if applicable)
  • Serving in Christ Outreach Ministry
    • Provides food pantry and clothes closet to those in need in Shelby County.
    • 2546 Deadrick St Memphis, TN 38114
    • 901-290-2110
    • Monday –Friday 9:00-4:00
    • Documents to Bring: Photo ID, proof of public assistance, proof of income
  • Riverside Missionary Baptist Church Community Services
      • Provides a food pantry and clothes closet for residents of 38109 with MIFA vouchers once a month
      • 3560 S Third St, Memphis, TN 38109
      • 901-789-4570
      • Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-12:00
      • Documents to Bring: Photo ID, proof of residence, proof of income, or proof of public assistance. Must have MIFA voucher.
  • Pilgrim’s Rest
      • Provides a food pantry with MIFA voucher for residents of 38106
      • 491 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
      • 901-775-0040
      • Wednesday 9:00-11:00
      • Documents to Bring: MIFA voucher
  • New Allen AME Church
      • Provides food pantry for those in need with MIFA voucher
      • 1559 S Third St, Memphis, TN 38106
      • 901-775-0925
      • Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:30
      • Documents to Bring: MIFA referral and voucher
  • New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church
      • Provides a food pantry for Shelby County residents and must have a MIFA voucher
      • 1423 Norris Ave, Memphis, TN 38106
      • 901-652-3012
      • Tuesday 11:00-1:00
    • Documents to Bring: Photo ID, proof of income or public assistance, and MIFA voucher
  • St. Andrew’s AME Church
      • Walk in to apply for food pantry for residents of 38106 and 38126
      • 1369 Mississippi Blvd Memphis, TN 38106
      • 901-948-3441
      • Wednesday 5:00-7:00
      • Documents to Bring: Photo ID, social security numbers for all in household, and proof of residence.
  • St. Jude Missionary Baptist Church
      • Provides food pantry and clothes closet, plus monthly hot meal for anyone in need in the 38106 area, pantry visits are limited to once per month
      • 835 E Trigg Ave Memphis, TN 38106
      • 901- 948-1489
      • Food pantry is 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 4:30-5:30 Monthly hot meal is 4th Friday of the month from 4:30-5:30.
      • Documents to Bring: Proof of public assistance, proof of income no more than 150% of federal poverty level (varies based on household size), proof of residence.
  • The Generous House
      • Upscale food pantry and clothing closet where all items are free or sold at reduced prices to those who qualify for assistance, food pantry is limited to twice a month
      • 1790 N Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38016
      • 901-737-9006
      • Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30, guests may sign in between 10a.m–12p.m.

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.

  • Clio’s Closet
    • This confidential resource provides non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothing and even baby necessities and is open to all students in need.
    • Mitchell Hall 130
    • Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Good Will
    • University Location : 574 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111
    • 901-458-6610
    • Visit http://www.goodwill.org to find  a location nearest you
  • Freecycle Memphis
  • Operation: Swaddling Clothes
  • Birthright of Memphis
    • Birthright offers maternity clothes, newborn items, diapers, and baby clothes to expectant moms.
    • http://www.birthrightofmemphis.org/
    • 115 Alexander, Memphis, TN 38111
    • 901-327-8109
  • Maternal League of Memphis
  • Baby Feat Store
    • Store serves women in need ages 20 and up and provides diapers, wipes, baby gear, and clothing.
    • 2285 Frayser Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38127
    • 901-859-6832
  • Operation Smart Child
    • This program aims to teach parents the importance of Touch, Talk, Read, & Play activities during baby’s early years. Moms of all ages can attend parenting classes and accumulate points for purchasing diapers, strollers, play yards, clothes, and more
    • 901-881-6013
    • http://ncclife.org/
    • Several locations, visit website or contact the organization for the location nearest you.

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 the National Crisis Center 24-Hour Hotline: 1.800.273.TALK. There are additional resources available to you on campus and in the community

  • The University of Memphis Counseling Center
    • 214 Wilder Tower
    • Counseling Center Office Number:901-678-2068
    • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
    • Note: Students will be seen by a counseling staff member between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on weekdays.
    • Email: counseling@memphis.edu
  • Department of Psychology
    • At the Psychological Services Center, general outpatient psychotherapeutic and psychological assessment services are provided to the individuals and families of the greater Memphis metropolitan area for a sliding scale fee.
    • Psychology Building Room 126,
    • 901-678-2147
    • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • Alliance Healthcare Services
    • Alliance Healthcare Services is available to serve anyone in need of mental health care service
    • (901) 369-1410
    • http://www.alliance-hs.org/
    • Visit the website for location for services nearest you

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,

Child Care

The University has a child day care center and there are several local centers near the university.

  • The University of Memphis Child Care Center
    • The University’s child care center is conviently located on campus and is NACCP ACCREDITED. The site accepts children from 30 months to 12 years old, must pre-register, not available for drop off
    • 3875 Tiger Paw South, Memphis, TN 38152
    • 901-678-5059
    • http://www.memphis.edu/childcare/
    • Fall and Spring Semesters
      • Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
      • Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
      • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Summer Semesters
      • Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
      • Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
    • *Hours of operation may vary due to enrollment.*
  • Lipman Center Preschool
    • Lipman Center provides developmentally appropriate programs for children two through six years of age, to demonstrate best practices for students preparing for careers working with young children, to facilitate research opportunities, and to model educational leadership to the larger community.
    • 3771 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111
    • 901-678-2120
    • http://www.memphis.edu/lipman/
  • Kid Station
    • Kid Station is fully licensed by the State of Tennessee as a drop-in child care provider for children ages 3 months to 12 years.
    • 579 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117
    • 901-761-PLAY (7529)
    • Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm
    • http://www.kidstationonline.com/index.htm
  • Other listings of Child Care Centers in your area

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

  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
  • Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition
    • The Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition is here to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in Memphis, TN and Shelby County through the assistance of the medical profession, the public health system, and the community. We help families like yours get breastfeeding off to the best start possible and strive to support you each step of the way
    • Find additional resources and supports for breastfeeding visit their website to find consultations, support groups, and visitations
    • http://www.shelbycountybreastfeeding.org/home.html