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. Raye Maestas, Associate Dean for Student Affairs in Seattle (206.543.5561 or maestas@uw.edu) or the assistant dean at their Foundations site to talk through how this could affect their curriculum, timelines, and schedule.

Spokane: Dr. William Sayres, Assistant Dean; 509. 313-7906 or sayrew@uw.edu
Laramie: Dr. Tim Robinson, Assistant Dean; 307.766.2497 or tjrobin@uwyo.edu
Anchorage: Dr. Kathy Young, Interim Assistant Dean; 907.786.4772 or kecase2@alaska.edu
Bozeman: Dr. Martin Teintze, Assistant Dean; 406.994.4411 or mteintze@montana.edu
Moscow: Dr. Jeff Seegmiller, Assistant Dean; 208.885.6696 or jeffreys@uidaho.edu

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.

Email: uwdrs@uw.edu
Phone: 206.543.8924
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/

Foundations site lactation stations

Seattle: campus lactation stations are listed here.

Anchorage: Visit Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Parents
Bozeman: Contact Megan Young at 406.994.4368 or megan.young@montana.edu or visit Student Family Support
Moscow: 
Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.
Laramie: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.
Spokane: Lactation rooms located on the Gonzaga campus are listed here. In addition, there is also a lactation room located on the lower level of the WWAMI Spokane Foundations Schoenberg Center (800 N Pearl, Spokane 99202).

Clinical site lactation stations

University of Washington campus locations are listed here.

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

Student Parent Resource Center

The Student Parent Resource Center provides resources and financial support to students with children to reduce the 2nd primary barrier to attaining a higher education. Student parents at the UW can find the resources they need to support the successful completion of their degree. UW Student Parent Resource Center has a childcare assistance program, can help you find a childcare provider, and can connect you with campus resources for parents.

Email: stuparrc@uw.edu
Phone: 206.543.1041
Website: https://osfa.washington.edu/wp/sprc/

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 megan.young@montana.edu or visit Student Family Support
Moscow: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.

Child Care Available for UW students

On-Site Child Care at UW

Website: http://hr.uw.edu/worklife/child-care/child-care-at-uw/

There are currently four on-campus University of Washington Children’s Centers (UWCC) that provide child care to UW students. The West Campus, Radford Court, Laurel Village, and Portage Bay locations each offer year-round care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Enrollment priority and tuition cost vary for each location, and you must put your name in the wait pool before enrolling.

Off-site Child Care for UW students

Website: http://hr.uw.edu/worklife/child-care/off-site-child-care/

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 Child Care

Website: http://hr.uw.edu/worklife/child-care/backup-and-sick-child-care/

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 megan.young@montana.edu or visit Student Family Support
Moscow: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.

UWSOM Counseling and Wellness Service

Website: http://www.uwmedicine.org/education/md-program/current-students/student-affairs/counseling-wellness

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
 joanneed@uw.edu, 206.616.3024

Sheri Davis, LICSW
sherid@uw.edu, 206.543.8392

Cliff Kelly, MS, MDiv, LMHC
ckelly70@uw.edu, 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 brendacannon@gmail.com
Anchorage: Patricia Sandberg, Ph.D at (907) 786-1636 or prsandberg@alaska.edu, or Grant Sasse, Ph.D at (907) 786-6314 or gmsasse@alaska.edu,
Bozeman: Contact Samantha White, Psy.D at samantha.white3@montana.edu or Brandi Fischer, M.S., LCPC at brandi.fischer@montana.edu or contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 406.994.4531
Moscow: Contact Laena Huffaker, Ph.D at lhuffaker@uidaho.edu

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.

Email: hfsinfo@uw.edu
Phone: 206.543.4059
Website: https://www.hfs.washington.edu/housing/Default.aspx?id=174#gsc.tab=0

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.

Phone: 
206.543.5800
Website: https://thecenterforpediatricdentistry.com/

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.

Website: http://depts.washington.edu/ccfwb

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.

Website: http://www.peps.org/about

WWAMI sites: Please contact your Foundations dean for guidance.