Pregnancy & Parenting

Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to supporting both the academic and holistic success of pregnant and parenting students. Students who are pregnant or parenting are encouraged to remain enrolled in classes. Illinois Wesleyan’s non-discrimination policy states that students who are pregnant and parenting are protected from any form of discrimination by law and entitled to accommodations to allow for the successful completion of classes. 

These accommodations may include but are not limited to:

  • Permitting frequent trips to the restroom
  • Providing a larger desk
  • Access to elevators
  • Negotiating due dates for assignments and exams
  • Not being penalized for pregnancy- or childbirth-related absences

Due to the unique circumstances surrounding each student’s situation, any pregnant or parenting student is encouraged to contact the Title IX coordinator to identify and implement the appropriate accommodations. More information regarding pregnant and parenting students’ rights can be found online through the U.S. Department of Education.  

We encourage individuals to be critical consumers when selecting healthcare and supportive services. We recognize that pregnancy is a very personal journey for each woman, with a unique set of circumstances and needs. For your convenience, we have compiled an alphabetized list of potential resources in the local community. Many nonprofits have a particular philosophical or religious perspective; please note that Illinois Wesleyan does not endorse any of the organizations listed below. 

For additional campus support (lactation spaces, housing information, health services, etc.) please contact the Dean of Students Office at (309)-556-3111.

Healthcare:

All Kids Healthcare

  • All Kids state insurance program

Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association

  • Online support group for Black mothers

Community Health Care Clinic

  • Nutrition and wellness education
  • Specialty care referrals

La Leche League

  • Breastfeeding information
  • In-person monthly meetings and phone support

OSF HealthCare Support Groups

  • In-person and online support groups for mothers
  • Breastfeeding support groups

Planned Parenthood Bloomington

  • Women’s services (pregnancy-related services, cancer screenings, birth control)

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  • Food vouchers for pregnant and postpartum women and children up to 5 years old

General Support: 

The Baby Fold

Birthright of Bloomington

  • Variety of services including free maternity and baby clothes, emotional support, information and referrals

Children's Home and Aid

  • Lots of great resources for parents
  • Early Start
  • Healthy Families Illinois
  • Doula Program

Crisis Nursery in Bloomington

  • Bloomington Crisis Nursery open 24/7

Child care:

Cadence Academy Preschool

Child Care Assistance Program

  • Program that provides families with information and resources to select child care

Heartland Head Start