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New and Expectant Parents

If you are a new or expectant parent, we have many resources on campus and in the community to help support you and your child.

Academics

If you are an expectant parent, you may 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. At your earliest convenience, you should consult with your professor(s) about your pregnancy. They will make any necessary and reasonable adjustments to enable you to successfully complete your coursework. Examples of adjustments may 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, please contact the Title IX Coordinator in the Office for Institutional Equity at 901.678.2713 or oie@memphis.edu.

Internet Essentials
low-cost Internet access and computer equipment for qualifying families from Comcast.

Memphis Area Homeschooling Resources
Curated by the East Memphis Moms website, this list includes information about various homeschooling groups in Shelby County.

Child Care

Lipman Center Preschool
Provides developmental programs for children 2 to 6 years and demonstrates
Phone: 901.678.2120
Location: 3771 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111

Kid Station
Fully licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Drop-in Child Care provider for children ages 3 months to 12 years.
Phone: 901.761.7529
Location: 579 Erin Drive, Memphis, TN 38117

Other Listings of Child Care Centers in Your Area

Child Care Aware
A resource that helps families learn more about the elements of quality childcare and how to locate programs in their communities.

Child Care Services
This Tennessee Department of Human Services site offers information about different childcare providers.

Care.com
In-home Childcare support

Winnie Child Care Database

Breast Feeding

As a mother, you have the right to breastfeed your child in any public or private location where you are authorized to be present. Lactation areas are available on campus in the Student Health Center and by request of the Dean of Students Office which you may contact at 901.678.2187.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
Provides breast feeding support as well as other resources for women and children who are at nutritional risk
Phone: 901.222.9750 or 901.222.9790
Email: sherry.cohen@shelbycountytn.gov

Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition

Family Housing

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

Residence Life - Student Family Housing 
Phone: 901.678.2295
Email: reslife@memphis.edu
Location: 3615 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

Agape Child and Family Services
Phone: 901.323.3600
Location: 3160 Directors Row, Memphis, TN 38131

Bethany Maternity Home
Phone: 901.525.1837
Location: 901 Chelsea Ave, Memphis, TN 38107

Health Care 

It's important for new or expecting mothers to receive healthcare during their pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Learn more about these available resources to find a site that fits best for you.

Planned Parenthood
Provides access to birth control, related medical services, education and advocacy to ensure all women, men and teens in the Mid-South have the necessary tools to plan their families.
Phone: 901.725.1717
Location: 2430 Poplar Ave #100, Memphis, TN 38112 

The Blues Project
Immediate access to prenatal care for mom and baby (insured or uninsured), as well as postnatal education. 
Phone: 901.448.5135
Location: 853 Jefferson Ave, Ste E102 Memphis, TN 

Nurse-Family Partnership - Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Free program for first-time, low income mothers that provides a home-visitation nurse to assist with community referrals, parenting skills, job skills, and many other services.
Phone: 901.287.4726
Eligibility: Participants should enroll in this program prior to the 27th week of their pregnancy.

Maternity and Baby Clothing

Good Will
Phone: 901.458.6610
University Location: 574 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111

Swaddling Clothes – St. John's Methodist Church
Provides one-to-two weeks of free diapers and other baby items
Phone: 901.726.4104
Location: 1207 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN, 38104

Birthright of Memphis
Offers maternity clothes, newborn items, diapers, and baby clothes to expectant moms.
Phone: 901.327.8109
Location: 115 Alexander, Memphis, TN 38111

Maternal League of Memphis
Serves needy families by providing diapers, blankets, sleepers, bottles, etc.
P.O Box 382958, Germantown, TN 38183-2958
901-682-2599

Baby Feat Store
Serves women in need ages 20+ and provides diapers, wipes, baby gear, and clothing.
Phone: 901.859.6832
Location: 2285 Frayser Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38127

Mother and Child Nutrition

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

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
Provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families.
Phone: 901.222.9750 or 901.222.9790
Email: sherry.cohen@shelbycountytn.gov

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families.
Phone: 615.743.2000
Location: 400 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243

Miscellaneous

Universal Parenting Place
Understanding that parents are the key to preventing many ACEs, their signature program is Universal Parenting Places (UPP), revolutionary care centers where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small.

Maternal League of Memphis
The Maternal League of Memphis is devoted to improving the health and well-being of mothers and children in our community.

They accomplish their mission through educational and volunteer programs. The Maternal League strives to develop strong minds and bodies in mothers and children in hopes of a brighter future.

Kid Station
Kid Station provides quality hourly child care with no contracts and no commitments.

Applying for TANF
If you have children, you should apply for Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) to get biweekly cash assistance for a limited time

Immigrant Families Fund
COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is providing financial support to immigrant families who have been left out of the federal government's relief efforts

CSA Family Support/Self Sufficiency Program
If you’re struggling and don’t know where to start, the Self-Sufficiency Program can help you and your family.