Saint Louis University is committed to supporting both pregnant and parenting students. Regardless of the student's situation - married or single, individual or multiple children, alone or with support - Saint Louis University is here to help and provide multiple resources.
If you suspect you may be pregnant, Student Health provides confidential pregnancy testing. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a nurse. You will get your results immediately.
If you prefer to seek a test elsewhere, there are many community resources that offer confidential and free pregnancy tests. Visit this Community Resources page for a list of providers.
When a student learns that she is pregnant, she often experiences a myriad of feelings and thoughts. At times, she feels alone. Saint Louis University recognizes the confidential 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 keep their pregnancy confidential and to use off-campus resources.
If you choose to use on-campus resources, there are a number of professionals available on campus who can assist you in handling your pregnancy and the many feelings and questions that arise from your pregnancy.
- Prenatal Care
The Student Health Center refers all pregnant students to SLU's department of Obstetrics & Gynecology which is located at Saint Mary's Health Center.
1031 Bellevue Avenue - Suite 400
St. Louis, MO 63117
Learn more about the obstetric services offered through SLUCare.
Psychological counseling is available through the University Counseling Center to help you discuss your feelings and thoughts related to your pregnancy. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
- Spiritual Support
During this time, Campus Ministry can provide you with spiritual and emotional support. All conversations are confidential.
The Student Health and University Counseling Centers can also provide you with referrals to local resources which can help support you during your pregnancy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I continue to live in my residence hall?
Yes. You can continue to live in your residence hall until your baby is born.
Can I make arrangements with my professors if I need to miss class?
Yes, arrangements can be made. Student Health and Counseling staff can assist you with this process in a confidential manner. Your professors will not be informed of your pregnancy unless you tell them.
What if I need 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. Talking with your academic advisor is important in order to understand the implications of a withdrawal or absence on your academic standing. Each academic program has different requirements. A counselor or campus minister can assist you in preparing to talk with your academic advisor.
For more information please familiarize yourself with the university's Leave of Absence and Withdrawal from the University policies.
After my baby is born, can I take him/her with me to class?
No. Classes are intended only for adult students. Therefore, you will need to arrange for child care. For a list of daycare providers, see Community Resources.
Does my health insurance cover my child?
Perhaps. Most insurance providers allow the insured person to add a dependent. Please check with your insurance provider about their rules for how to add your child.
Our philosophy at the PPSA 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 student parents continue their education while raising children. The fund provides valuable resources to help student parents stay on track toward earning a degree. For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website, Facebook page or apply for assistance.
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.
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, planning 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 Saint Louis area. 314-531-1412
Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services provides services to pregnant women through its Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) program. All services are confidential and include:
- Supportive counseling
- Case management
- Help accessing prenatal care
- Childbirth preparation
- Adoption assistance
- Parenting Skills
- Referrals for childcare
- Help with education or job training and placement
- Housing Assistance and Referrals
- Help with domestic violence protection
- Mental health screening, treatment and referrals.
If you are interested in services, please call an intake specialist at (314) 787-5100 or 1-866-326-LFCS.
ThriVe St. Louis
Located just 2 blocks west of campus, and provides:
- Free pregnancy testing
- First trimester ultrasound exam
- Confidential counseling
- Pregnancy/Parenting/Life Skills Classes
- Medical Referrals
- Social Service/Community Referrals
- Maternity/baby supplies