Pregnancy Resources and Referrals

As a Catholic Jesuit University, USF celebrates human life as a gift and thus we are dedicated to offering any student who is faced with the issues of pregnancy a supportive environment that is caring, compassionate, respectful, and non-judgmental.

The University will strive to offer support and services to our pregnant students to the best of our ability; addressing issues such as classes, housing, financial assistance, health care, as well as personal and spiritual counseling both during and after a pregnancy. If you are pregnant, or if you know someone who is pregnant, the following resources are available at USF and in our local community. We encourage you to contact any of the individuals or offices listed below.

Note: All consultations will be handled on a confidential basis.

Lactation Accommodation

The University recognizes that breast milk is the optimal food for the growth and development of infants. This policy establishes guidelines for promoting a lactation and breastfeeding-friendly work environment and supporting all lactating students at the University for as long as they desire to express breast milk. The University supports students' legal right and necessity to express milk on campus.

Health Promotion Services
University Center, Fifth Floor | Phone: (415) 422-6809
Health Promotion Services staff will help pregnant students to access resources on and off campus to meet their health needs and other support services. In addition, HPS coordinates lactation rooms for students. If you are an enrolled student in need of a lactation room please contact Natalie Macias, Director of Health Promotion Services, at The lactation rooms are open 8:30 - 5:00, Monday - Friday, in 30 minute slots. They are located in LM Rossi Wing and University Center 3rd Floor.

Aetna Student Health Insurance
The USF-endorsed Health Insurance Plan administrated by Aetna covers maternity care after the deductible ($400 per benefit year) has been met. Medical expenses for pregnancy, childbirth and complications of pregnancy are payable on the same basis as any other sickness. Aetna's customer service can be reached at 877.850.6036. Pregnant and parenting students who cannot afford to pay for the health insurance coverage should contact the HPS Office at (415) 422-6702 to check if they are eligible for financial assistance for insurance.

University Ministry
Toler Hall, lower level | Phone (415) 422-4463
Campus Ministry welcomes the opportunity to be of assistance to pregnant students who will meet with trained pastoral ministers in a caring, supportive, and non-judgmental environment to consider the spiritual dimensions. Campus ministry will connect students with those individuals to discuss faith traditions and offer spiritual support, as well as, students wishing to talk with members of their own faith tradition.

Office of the Dean of Students
University Center, Fifth Floor | Phone: (415) 422-5330
The Dean of Students facilitates supporting the whole student.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 
Gillson Hall, lower level | Phone: (415) 422-6352
The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can assist students in developing greater self-understanding and help resolve issues that interfere with students optimal personal functioning.

Student Housing and Residential Education
University Center, 5th Floor | Phone: (415) 422-6824
Pregnant students are able to and encouraged to continue to live in the residence halls. Depending on availability and need, a private room with bathroom may be provided to a pregnant student. USF does not allow infants or children to live on campus with their parents. Housing staff will assist parenting students in securing housing off campus.

Student Disability Services
Gleeson Lower Level 20 | Phone: (415) 422-2613 | Email:
Disability Support Services can assist pregnant and parenting students in making informed decisions about the course of their academic studies and assist them in making changes that support them to continue and complete their education.

Financial Aid
Pregnant and parenting students will be connected with the Financial Aid office to determine if they are eligible for additional financial aid and adjust their financial aid package, as students are eligible and resources are available. Financial Aid information and counseling is available through the Office of Financial Aid located in Lone Mountain Room 251, appointments may be made in person or by calling the Office of Financial Aid at: (415) 422-3387.

The Gabriel Project 
St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (800) 910-0191
The Gabriel project offers services to pregnant and parenting students including emotional support, pastoral care and counseling, medical and prenatal care, financial assistance, housing and adoption resources, babysitting/transportation help, and educational and employment opportunities.

Catholic Charities
180 Howard Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 972-1200 | Fax: (415) 972-1201 | Email: 
Catholic Charities CYO is one of the largest non-profit providers of social services in the Bay Area. The programs help people of all faiths; everyone is welcome.

Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project
2730 Bryant Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 695-8300 | Fax: (415) 824-2416
San Francisco's TAPP is a comprehensive case management program for pregnant and parenting teens. TAPP case managers help ensure that teens have access to all available health, education, and social services for which they are eligible regardless of whether they are in school. TAPP provides child development and parenting education, childcare support services, nutrition and health education, academic counseling, and many other resources.

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Health Promotion Services

2130 Fulton Street University Center, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94117

Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
UC 5th Front Desk Hours are Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.