Boston College Pregnancy Services
The emotional, spiritual, and health issues during a pregnancy can seem overwhelming. At Boston College, we make every effort to provide you with a supportive environment intended to assure confidential, non-judgmental, caring, professional assistance. We also provide support to others affected by the pregnancy. There are many resources available to you that will assist you in continuing and completing your degree.
The goal of the University is to provide a comprehensive support team that emphasizes caring and personal respect. If you are pregnant, or you know someone who is pregnant, the following information describes the support services available at Boston College as well provides information and the names of individuals who are ready to assist you. Please feel free to contact Katie Dalton, at the Women’s Resource Center, or any of the individuals or offices listed for a consultation. All consultations will be handled confidentially.
What should I do if I think I might be pregnant?
First, know that you are not alone. Boston College is a supportive community that has many resources available to you.
Call the pregnancy helpline at 617 552-3227 to speak with a professional from Counseling Services. Or make an appointment to see a counselor by calling 617 552-3310.
BC Health Services provides free pregnancy tests on a walk-in basis. Health Services is located on the first floor of Cushing Hall. You may also wish to make an appointment to see one of the Nurse Practitioners who provide women’s health evaluations. To do so, call 617 552-2225 Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm, or 617 552-3227 after 5pm on weekdays and on weekends.
If I reveal I’m pregnant, will I be dismissed from the University?
No. The Boston College community will make every effort to provide you with a caring, supportive environment, and will provide academic and practical resources to assist you in completing your degree.
Can I take a leave of absence?
Yes, some pregnant students decide to take a leave of absence, although it is not required. Your academic dean can help you coordinate your academic plans. See Academic Planning section.
If I am raising the child, how will I manage after the birth?
University Counseling Services is able to assist students in problem-solving about how to manage student life as a parent. The Women’s Resource Center also has a variety of resources available on parenting.
University Health Services provides confidential, free pregnancy testing. Call 617-552-3227 to make an appointment. Health Services can also help arrange referrals with off-campus physicians, provide nutritional guidance, and answer questions about what to expect during pregnancy.
Thomas I. Nary, M.D. , Director
617-552-8493 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Baker, Associate Director
617-552-3226 or email@example.com
Boston College offers the services of caring, trained professionals to help you explore your feelings – about yourself, the father of the child, family and friends – and help you cope with other pregnancy-related issues you may be facing. Please feel free to make an appointment by calling Counseling Services at 617 552-3310.
Dr. Thomas McGuinness, Director
Dr. Erin Curtiss, Associate Director
Boston College Office of Campus Ministry offers a vibrant and gentle approach to pastoral care.
Tammy Liddell, Campus Minister
617-552-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to remain a student at Boston College throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Becoming pregnant does not mean you have to give up pursuing your degree. You are strongly encouraged to meet with your academic dean to discuss options for academic planning.
Academic Advising Center
Akua Sarr, Interim Director
617-552-6870 or email@example.com
Carroll School of Management
Richard Keely, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program
617-552-4014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Arts and Sciences
William H. Petri, Senior Class Associate Dean
617-552-2800 or email@example.com
Michael Martin, Acting Junior Class Associate Dean
617-552-6870 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Dunsford, Sophomore Class Associate Dean
617-552-3274 or email@example.com
Akua Sarr, Freshman Class Associate Dean
617-552-6870 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Connell School of Nursing
Catherine Read, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program
617-552-6418 or email@example.com
Lynch School of Education
Audrey Friedman, Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Services
617 552-1901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Woods College of Advancing Studies
Mary Hennessey, Coordinator of Student Services
617 552-3455 or email@example.com
If you are currently living in University housing, you are welcome to remain there during your pregnancy. While children are not allowed to live with either parent while on campus, the Office of Residential Life can assist in locating off-campus living arrangements for students returning to classes with their babies, through the off-campus housing office.
Chris Darcy, Associate Director
617-552-4957 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Financing, Financial Services, and General Student Services
Should you choose to take a leave of absence, the University may be able to arrange for a credit or refund of tuition, as well as a credit or refund of room and board charges and other fees based upon your withdrawal date. Your Financial Services Associate can explain to you any possible impact to your financial aid package and help you understand the process. Finally, Student Services will confirm that your academic and financial arrangements have been properly recorded – and will ensure the confidentiality of all of your records.
Louise M. Lonabocker, Director of Student Services
617-552-3318 or email@example.com
Kathleen McGuinness, Director of Academic and General Service
617 552-4976 or firstname.lastname@example.org