Student Affairs Resource Website

Pregnancy and Parenting Resources

Point persons at each Foundations site

Students who are planning to become pregnant during medical school are encouraged to work with Dr. Gerald Tolbert, Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs in Seattle (206.616.7068 or or the assistant dean at their Foundations site to talk through how this could affect their curriculum, timelines, and schedule.

  • WA – Seattle: Dr. Gerald Tolbert, Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs; 206.616.7068 or
  • WA – Spokane: Dr. William Sayres, Assistant Dean; 509. 313.7906 or
  • WY – Laramie: Dr. Brant Schumaker, Assistant Dean; 307.766.2497 or
  • AK – Anchorage: Dr. Kathy Young, Interim Assistant Dean; 907.786.4772 or
  • MT – Bozeman: Dr. Martin Teintze, Assistant Dean; 406.994.4411 or
  • ID – Moscow: Dr. Jeff Seegmiller, Assistant Dean; 208.885.6696 or

Disability Resources for Students

UW DRS is able to provide accommodations for students with qualified disabilities throughout the WWAMI region, which can include pregnancy. Accommodations can be made in the classroom or in the clinical setting.

Phone: 206.543.8924

Foundations site lactation stations

  • WA – Seattle: Campus lactation stations are listed here.
  • WA – Spokane: Campus lactation stations are listed here. In addition, there is a lactation room located on the lower level of the Schoenberg Center (800 N Pearl, Spokane 99202).
  • WY – Laramie: Campus lactation stations are listed here.
  • AK – Anchorage: Visit Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Parents
  • MT – Bozeman: Campus lactation rooms are listed here or contact Megan Young, MSU Student Family Support Advocate, at 406.994.4368 or
  • ID – Moscow: Campus lactation stations are listed here.

Clinical site lactation stations

University of Washington campus locations are listed here.

For other clinical sites, please contact your clerkship administrator for assistance.

Childcare and Childcare Assistance

  • WA – Seattle: Student parents at the UW can find the resources they need to support the successful completion of their degree. The UW Childcare Assistance Program (formerly known as the Student Parent Resource Center) is designed to assist UW Seattle campus students in covering the costs of licensed childcare for their children (ages birth – 12 years old) while enrolled in an eligible program of study to reduce the second primary barrier to attaining a higher education. This award is funded by Student & Activity fees paid by students attending the Seattle Campus. To apply for Childcare Assistance, please visit the Application Process web page. If you need help finding a childcare provider, please click here. For additional information, please visit Childcare Assistance Resources.

Phone: 206.543.1041

Childcare Available for UW students

On-Site Childcare at UW


Four Children’s Centers at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus serve faculty, staff, and students by providing year-round, on-site infant, toddler, and preschool childcare. The Children’s Center at West Campus serves primarily UW faculty and staff. The Children’s Centers at Radford Court and Laurel Village give priority to UW students in family housing. The Children’s Center at Portage Bay gives equal priority to students, faculty and staff. Enrollment priority and tuition cost vary for each location, and you must put your name in the wait pool before enrolling; the average wait time for space is 2-3 years.

Off-site Childcare for UW students


UW students at are eligible for enrollment priority at designated Bright Horizons and KinderCare centers on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment priority does not guarantee placement, but it will move you up their wait pool as a UW priority.

Backup and Sick Childcare


UW offers in-center and in-home backup care through KinderCare and Bright Horizons to eligible  students at the Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses. Examples of when to take advantage of these services are:

  • Your child is mildly ill and can’t go back to their care center yet (in-home care)
  • Your regular caregiver is unavailable (center or in-home care)
  • Your child’s school is closed (center or in-home care)
  • You are between care arrangements (center or in-home care)
  • You are transitioning back to work after leave (center or in-home care)

Spokane: Visit Pregnant on Campus Initiative
Laramie: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.
Anchorage: Visit Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Parents
Bozeman: Contact Megan Young at 406.994.4368 or or visit Student Family Support
Moscow: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.

UWSOM Counseling and Wellness Service


If you are a pregnant or parenting student, there may be additional stressors in your life as you work to balance both school and family. Remember that the UWSOM offers free and confidential counseling for medical students, and their services are available to you and your partner/spouse. Records are kept completely separate from academic records and are never shared with administration. MD/PhD students continue to have access to the UWSOM Counseling and Wellness Service while they complete their PhD program. For a list of counselors around the WWAMI region, visit the UWSOM Counseling website.

The Seattle-based counselors are:

Joanne Estacio-Deckard, LICSW, Director, 206.616.3024

Cliff Kelly, MS, MDiv, LMHC, 206.616.3022

The University of Washington also offers counseling for UW students through the Counseling Center.

Spokane: Visit Gonzaga University Student Health and Counseling Center and the Center for Cura Personalis
Laramie: Brenda Cannon, M.S., N.C.C., L.P.C. at
Anchorage: Patricia Sandberg, Ph.D at (907) 786-1636 or, or Grant Sasse, Ph.D at (907) 786-6314 or,
Bozeman: Contact Samantha White, Psy.D at or Brandi Fischer, M.S., LCPC at or contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 406.994.4531
Moscow: Contact Laena Huffaker, Ph.D at

UW Family Housing

Family housing at the UW is available for registered full-time students (at least 10 credits per quarter) at the Seattle campus who are married or are registered same-sex domestic partners, with or without dependent children living with them, or who are single parents. There are currently five family housing communities:

  • Blakeley Village
  • Commodore Duchess Apts.
  • Laurel Village
  • Radford Court
  • Stevens Court

UW Family Housing’s website has much more information including eligibility and priority system, billing and payments, FAQs, and off-campus housing resources.

There is a waitlist, which we have heard can be quite long; some students can wait up to several months for placement, so applying early is recommended. It is recommended to start the process as soon as you or your partner become pregnant.

Phone: 206.543.4059

WWAMI sites: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.

UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing the best quality dental services for children and the highest level dental education for our students. The clinic is dedicated only to serving children 0-18 years of age.


WWAMI sites: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.

UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being

The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes the positive development and well-being of children, from infancy through adolescence, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and adversity. Using a bioecological or “whole child” approach that supports the roles of parents, families, schools and communities in children’s resilience, CCFW works to infuse mindfulness, compassion, and social-emotional skills into the lives of children, parents, caregivers, educators and practitioners.


WWAMI sites: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)

Since 1983, the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a nonprofit organization in the Puget Sound region, has helped thousands of parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood. PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community. Each session of 12 weekly PEPS meetings brings parents together to share the joys and challenges of parenthood and develop confidence in their own abilities. PEPS stands apart from other new moms groups or dad groups by providing ongoing neighborhood-based resources and peer education, facilitated by trained volunteers.


WWAMI sites: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.