If you’re a college student and think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, it’s understandable that you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Perhaps you had a certain view of your life in mind, and this news throws a wrench in that.
It’s important to know that you’re not alone on this journey – help and support are available to you. Keep reading to hear a few things you should know if you’re pregnant in college.
1. Title IX Prevents Discrimination of Pregnant Students at Federally Funded Colleges
If your school accepts federal funding (such as UMD or other state colleges), it must comply with protections set forth under Title IX. Simply put, this federal law prohibits discrimination based on sex or parenting status in educational programs and activities.
So, if you’re concerned about how your school might respond to your becoming a parent in college, rest assured that certain schools legally cannot keep you from continuing to attend classes and participate in extracurricular activities, including sports or clubs if you so choose. On top of this, your school must provide appropriate accommodations like elevator access or excused absences for medical appointments.
Not all colleges are federally funded, so certain private schools may not be mandated to comply with Title IX. However, many schools have protections to assist pregnant and parenting students.
2. Your Pregnancy Decision is Yours to Make
Navigating a pregnancy decision can be challenging, and making this choice while in college can seem daunting. Perhaps you’re feeling pressured or hearing strong opinions from your partner, parents, or friends on what you should do.
But it’s your life – and your choice to make.
Even if things seem uncertain, take the time to evaluate each option available to you. It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think about what this means for you right now – but how will each option play out and possibly fit your life in five, ten, or even twenty years?
Ensure you have all the information you need to make a confident, informed choice. You may have heard some information about abortion, adoption, or parenting, but do you know what each option might look like for you today?
And even more importantly, you’ll want to be sure of what options you are eligible for from a medical standpoint – and ensure you’re getting the correct care to prioritize your health. For instance the abortion pill is only FDA-approved through 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Make sure you know key facts (like how far along you are) before making your next steps. Our staff at the Women’s Clinics Maryland can help answer your questions and provide key medical details through services like an ultrasound exam at no cost.
3. There are Supportive Resources Available to You
Pregnant students can apply for specific scholarships based on financial need, such as Pell Grants, to ensure that college remains affordable to them during this season. Other scholarship opportunities based on income and parental status could also be of assistance.
In addition to these financial resources, our team at the Women’s Clinics Maryland is here to support you throughout your journey. Our services are free, including information on your options, pregnancy testing, STD testing, ultrasound exams, and more.
Schedule Your Free Appointment To Get Your Questions Answered
We get it – everything probably seems a little daunting right now. That’s why we want to be a resource and a help to you. Take a breath and get your questions answered with our caring and compassionate staff in a safe and professional environment.
Schedule your free appointment today – we’re here to help.