Parenting and Pregnant Students

Saint Louis University is committed to supporting pregnant and parenting students. Regardless of the student's situation — married or single, individual or multiple children, alone or with support — SLU is here to help. Students for Life of America has ranked SLU among the top 10 schools for pregnant and parenting students.

Apply for Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance

Saint Louis University recognizes the private nature of a pregnancy and seeks to provide students with confidential and supportive services. Some students choose to utilize on-campus services, while others prefer to access off-campus resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can pregnant students continue to live in SLU residence halls?

Yes. Pregnant students may continue to live in their residence halls until their babies are born.

Is it possible to make arrangements with professors if it is necessary to miss class?

Yes. Student health and counseling staff can assist with this process in a confidential manner. Professors will not be informed of the pregnancy unless the student chooses to tell them.

What if it is necessary to withdraw from classes?

Some students choose to take a leave of absence for a semester with the intention of returning to the University to resume classes. Other students may choose to withdraw and transfer elsewhere. An academic adviser can help explain the implications of a withdrawal or absence on academic standing. Each academic program has different requirements. A counselor or campus minister can assist students in preparing to talk with their academic advisers.

After a baby is born, can parenting students take him/her with them to class?

No. Classes are intended only for adult students. Therefore, it will be necessary to arrange for child care.

Does health insurance cover a parenting student’s child?

Possibly. Most insurance providers allow the insured person to add a dependent. Please check with your insurance provider for details.

What is  Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance?

Our philosophy  is "no student should ever have to choose between having a child and receiving an education." The Virginia D. Murphy Endowment was established in 2008 to help SLU's student parents continue their education while raising children. The fund provides resources to help student parents stay on track toward earning a degree. For more information email ppsa@slu.edu.

Are there designated lactation areas on campus?

Yes. There are designated lactation areas at Busch Student Center, the Student Health Center and many other locations.

What off-campus resources exist for pregnant or parenting students?

Birthright St. Louis
There are four locations throughout Saint Louis including the Central West End, Brentwood, Bridgeton and South County. Walk-ins are welcome for pregnancy tests.

Catholic Charities
Through the Good Shepherd Children and Family Services agency, Catholic Charities provides prenatal services to expectant parents. Services include referrals for appropriate medical care and housing, and adoption planning (as needed). Counseling addresses decision making, parenting skills, stabilizing living situations, communication skills within the family, relationships, problem-solving skills, and the legal rights and responsibilities of both parents.

Child Day Care Association
The Child Day Care Association has a searchable database of day care providers in the St. Louis area. The phone number is 314-531-1412.

Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services provides services to pregnant women through its Women In Need Growing Stronger program. All services are confidential. If you are interested in services, please call an intake specialist at 314-787-5100 or 1-866-326-LFCS.

ThriVe St. Louis
Located two blocks west of campus, ThriVe provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, confidential counseling, parenting skills classes, medical and social service referrals, and baby supplies.