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FAQs

I think I’m pregnant. Where can I go for a pregnancy test?
Health Services offers pregnancy testing. Call 401.865.2422 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, to set up a confidential appointment.

My pregnancy test came back positive. I feel overwhelmed, anxious, and scared. Can I speak with someone?
If you would like to speak with a health services professional at the Student Health Center, please call the office at 401.865.2422 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm to set up an appointment.

If you would like to speak with a counselor at the Personal Counseling Center, please call the office at 401.865.2343 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm and specify that your matter is urgent. If it is not during business hours, please call 401.865.1333.

If you would like to speak with a campus minister, please call the office at 401.865.1255 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. If it is not during business hours, please call 401.451.8024.

If I’m pregnant, will I have to leave the College?
No. If you wish to stay at Providence College, you will receive the full support of the College community. Students are often concerned they will receive a negative reaction from the College, perhaps even face some type of disciplinary action, as a consequence of becoming pregnant, but this is not true. The College will do all it can to accommodate your needs and concerns regarding coursework and housing. As a Catholic and Dominican institution, Providence College is committed to life and to providing resources that support the choice of life.

Will I have to move off-campus?
It is important that any Providence College student feels fully welcome and part of this community. Pregnant students can remain in their residence hall provided they are physically able. Though we are not equipped to provide on-campus housing for families – parent or parents and a child – Student Affairs is committed to working with students to explore suitable housing options off-campus.

Where can I go to receive medical care during my pregnancy?
The Providence College Student Health Center can help arrange a referral to an off-campus provider for nutritional and medical care throughout your pregnancy.

Does the College have a pregnancy support advocate?
The College has identified Pregnancy Support Advocates who can provide you with information, resources and assistance, while also protecting your privacy:

Tiffany Gaffney
Assistant Dean of Students
tgaffne1@providence.edu or 401.865.2191

Kevin Hillery
Associate Director of Residence Life
khillery@providence.edu or 401.865.1955

Sr. Anne Frances Klein, O.P., RN
Campus Minister
aklein2@providence.edu or 401.865.1255

Dr. Mary Harmon
Faculty in the Psychology Department
mharmon@providence.edu or 401.865.2612

Who can help me sort through all of the decisions I need to make?
While we have provided contact information for several on-campus and off-campus resources, we recommend students first seek support at the Student Health Center. If you would like to speak with a health services professional at the Student Health Center, please call the office at 401.865.2422 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm to set up an appointment.

The Personal Counseling Center offers confidential services of caring, competent, and highly trained counselors to help you explore your feelings- about yourself, the father/mother of the child, your family and friends – and help you cope with any pregnancy-related issues you may be facing. To make an appointment at the Counseling Center, call 401.865.2343.

Also, Campus Ministry offers the services of trained pastoral ministers in a caring, supportive, nonjudgmental environment to help you consider the spiritual dimensions and issues that accompany an unplanned pregnancy. To make an appointment with a campus minister, call 401.865.1255.

My friend is pregnant. Is support available for me?
Friends of pregnant students are welcome to contact Pregnancy Support Advocates to discuss how they might support their pregnant friend. Friends may also set up an appointment at the Personal Counseling Center by calling 401.865.2343 to receive support.

My girlfriend is pregnant but does not attend Providence College. I want to know how best to help and support her as we both face big decisions. Is there someone who can help me sort through my feelings?
Yes. Counselors and/or campus ministers can help you process your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors regarding the pregnancy-related decisions you face. To set up an appointment at the Personal Counseling Center, call 401.865.2343. To set up an appointment with a campus minister, call 401.865.1255.

I am a varsity student athlete who is pregnant or parenting. Will pregnancy impact my eligibility, scholarship and/or position on team?
The Athletic Department maintains a set of frequently asked questions for varsity student athletes. The following Athletic Department staff members are also available to serve as a resource for student athletes who have questions or concerns regarding pregnancy or parenting issues.

Jill LaPoint – Deputy AD / SWA – jlapoint@providence.edu 401.865.2588
John Rock – Sr. Associate AD Sports Medicine – jrock@providence.edu 401.865.2262
Kristen Duhamel – Assistant AD Sports Medicine – kduhamel@providence.edu 401.865.2260
Joe Nicastro – Associate AD Compliance – jnicat1@providence.edu 401.865.2518

I am a student in the graduate school or the school of continuing education (SCE). Are these pregnancy resources available for me or my spouse?
Campus Ministers and Pregnancy Support Advocates are available to provide direct support to students in the graduate school or the school of continuing education.

While Health Services does not treat graduate or SCE students, they will provide you a referral to an off-campus provider for nutritional and medical care throughout your pregnancy. Similarly, the Personal Counseling Center will be able to provide a referral for you to a local, off-campus provider.

Are there places on campus designated for students to pump breast milk?
Yes. Students seeking to secure private space on campus in which to pump breast milk should contact a Student Support Advocate.

I’m an international student. How will this pregnancy impact my ability to remain in the country?
Experiencing a pregnancy and/or becoming a parent while you are in a foreign country can be scary. It is important to remember that you are not alone and there are resources available to assist you. As an international student on an F-1 visa, if you are pregnant or become pregnant, you may remain in the US on F-1 status and must continue to meet the requirements of your F-1 status in order to remain in status (i.e. attend classes, take 12 or more credits per semester if an undergraduate student and 9 or more credits if a graduate student).

Because visa status can be complex, you are strongly encouraged to contact a Pregnancy Support Advocate; you also may wish to seek advice from an immigration attorney. It is also important to check your health insurance plan to confirm it covers maternity care as medical expenses can be very costly.

I have questions that are not included on this FAQ page. Where can I get answers?
If you or your partner are pregnant, you likely have many questions. The College has identified Pregnancy Support Advocates who can provide you with information, resources and assistance, while also protecting your privacy.