Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Pregnancy

As a Catholic Institution, Loyola University Chicago supports pregnant women. A variety of campus and community resources are available for you during this time.

Pregnancy Testing

If you suspect you may be pregnant, the Wellness Center offers free pregnancy testing. An appointment with a nurse is necessary, and results are immediate. Call the Wellness Center at 773-508-8883 to make an appointment.

If you are pregnant

If you are pregnant, remember that the Wellness Center is here to help you. There are professionals available on campus that can assist you in handling your pregnancy and the many feelings and questions that arise from your pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy—You may have questions about what to expect during your pregnancy. Prenatal care is also available at the Wellness Center. Call for an appointment.
  • Counseling—Counseling is available at the Wellness Center to help you discuss your feelings and thoughts related to your pregnancy. Call the Wellness Center to make an appointment with a mental health professional.
  • Referrals—The Wellness Center can also provide you with referrals to local resources who 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. The Wellness Center can assist with this process in a confidential manner. Your professors will not be informed of your pregnancy unless you tell them.
  • After my baby is born, can I take him/her with me to class? Classes are intended only for adult students. Therefore, you will need to arrange for child care. 

Spiritual Support

During this time of change, University Ministry can provide you with support.

Accomodations for pregnanct students/staff

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that specifically prohibited pregnancy discrimination. An employer may not discriminate against job applicants or employees with regard to any aspect of employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Aspects of employment include hiring, firing, pay, promotion, fringe benefits, and any other duty or condition of employment.

Additionally, Title IX provides students with the opportunity to request reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions. Visit the Office for Equity and Compliance for more information. 

 

Community Resources

Holt-Sunny Ridge

Catholic Charities