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Child and Family Resources

The Office of the Provost has compiled a list of resources for parents on campus, found here. Additional resources can be found below.

Leave of Absence

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A student who is working towards residency requirements and who needs to take a leave from the university must request an official leave of absence. Students can use the “Petition for Absence” form via TGS Forms in CAESAR to apply for a leave of absence. Please be sure to cite why a leave is necessary. Both your program and TGS will review your request.

Dependent Care Grant

The Dependent Care Grant provides funds to assist PhD and MFA students with dependents so that they may participate, as fully as possible, in professional development opportunities such as learned society meetings, academic conferences, workshops or other Northwestern University events that extend beyond the normal academic responsibilities of the student’s home department or of The Graduate School (TGS). For more information, please visit our Dependent Care page.

New Mom Support Group

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The New Mom Support Group provides a place for new mothers to discuss their experiences, concerns, and thoughts about being a new mom. Discussions include work/life balance, sleep, nursing, feeding and the impact of parenting on relationships. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 12PM-1PM, upstairs, in the Women’s Center library. Facilitated by Sara Walz, LCSW. For more information, please visit the Women’s Center

Mothers’ Rooms

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Northwestern University has dedicated Mothers’ Rooms to help nursing mothers upon their transition back to the University. These rooms are listed on Northwestern's Office of Work/Life and Family Resources website.

Baby Changing Tables

Baby changing tables are found at the following locations:

  • Norris Center men’s and women’s restrooms on the lower  level
  • Pancoe mother’s room 
  • Dearborn men’s and women’s restrooms
  • Tech Building F-wing men’s (1st floor) and women’s (2nd floor) restrooms

Health Insurance

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If you and/or your dependents do not have health coverage through NU, please review the All Kids plan offered by the State of Illinois.

Health Care Options