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Pregnant and Parenting Student

The Counseling Center acknowledges the challenges experienced by pregnant and parenting students.  We aim to support and aid non-traditional college students through adjusting to parenting while also navigating through college with academic success. Services focus on addressing additional challenges during current phase of life to include time management, financial concerns, and support with finding community.

Resources within Norfolk State University

Lactation Rooms: Rooms are available for students, faculty and staff 9am – 5pm; however, can be extended through prior arrangement.  Access must be granted to the lactation rooms. 

  • Nursing & General Education Building, Room 422
  • Student Services Center, Counseling Center, Suite 312

Counseling Center Services:  Support in adjusting to parenting and navigating through college with academic success.  Services include:

  • Connection to community support and campus resources 

  •  Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMDAS) Screening: Recommended for students who present with a “Return to School Document” to be assessed for symptoms of PMADs, safety, and wellness of student and baby.

  • Perinatal counseling

  • Information on student rights as a pregnant and parenting student

  • Pregnant and parenting students may be eligible for medical accommodations if experiencing impairments related to pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, or miscarriage.  For more information, please contact Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity Office, the Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, or Title IX representative on campus.

Off Campus Resources

  • Postpartum Support Virginia: Offers supports and resources to expecting parents and parents requiring postpartum support to include parenting support groups, provider directories, and educational resources.
  • Postpartum Support International: 90-minute online support group meetings for individuals not experiencing a mental health crisis.