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On-Campus Resources for Expectant Mothers and Parents

Resources

SFA strives to provide quality resources for our students, faculty and staff members who are growing their families. In addition, under Title IX SFA provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.

Federal law, through Title IX, prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against students based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.

Title IX also prohibits schools from applying any rule related to a student's parental, family or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex. This includes school-sponsored extracurricular activities and internships, athletics, financial aid and scholarships, career counseling, and lab and clinical work.

We have pulled together a list of Title IX compliant on-campus resources to aid those in our campus community who are expectant mothers and parents.

Resources

Accommodations for Students

The Office of Disability Services offers students with temporary disabling conditions help in locating services and assistance vital to their continued academic success. The office is able to work with students to provide special accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Students experiencing complications related to pregnancy may qualify for academic accommodations coordinated by Disability Services if the complication(s) qualify as an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, or alternatively, whether the student has a record of or is regarded as having such impairment under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. See information regarding accommodations for temporary limiting conditions.

Admissions

Schools cannot require a pregnant student to produce a doctor’s note in order to stay in school or participate in activities, unless the same requirement to obtain a doctor’s note applies to all students being treated by a doctor. Schools cannot presume that a pregnant student is unable to attend school or participate in school activities.

Employees, students, or associated third parties cannot discourage your participation in the school’s programs.

Baby Pantry

SFA’s OWLE (Organization for Women’s Leadership and Equity) maintains baby- and toddler-related items. If you are an SFA student or employee and are in need of baby-related items (e.g., diaper, formula, wipes, etc.), please contact owle@sfasu.edu for information on how you can access the baby items.

Breastfeeding / Lactation Rooms

Lactation rooms can be found in the following buildings: 

  • HPE Complex: Room 219 
  • McKibben Education: within women’s restroom suite on first floor 
  • McGee Business: within women’s restroom suite on first floor 
  • Cole STEM: third floor

Counseling Services

For Students Only

All students have access to free services through Counseling Services or low-cost counseling through the Counseling Clinic.

For Employees Only

Employees with SFA-sponsored health insurance have access to free services via DRonDemand and MDLive. Contact SFA Human Resources for additional information.

Diaper-Changing Stations

Diaper-changing tables can be found in the following buildings: 

  • Boynton 
  • HPE Complex 
  • Human Services 
  • McGee Business 
  • McKibben Education 
  • Music 
  • Rusk 
  • Cole STEM

Lumberjack Food Pantry

The primary purpose of the Lumberjack Food Pantry is to lead the way in the reduction of food insecurity on the SFA campus.

Current SFA students are eligible to receive food distribution. Students who live off campus are eligible to receive two boxes of food per month, while students who live on campus may receive one box of food per month.

For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 936.468.7249 or email thepantry@sfasu.edu.

Student-Athletes and Extracurricular Activities

Pregnant athletes (and those with related conditions) must be treated like any other athlete with a temporary disability. Your college or university can’t force you to stop participating in your sport because of your pregnancy, even if the school’s decision is based on an assumption that it is unsafe for you to play. You may be asked to provide a medical clearance to play only if players with other medical conditions are asked too.
That means that you can’t lose your athletic scholarship just because you are pregnant. If you have an athletic scholarship and can’t play because of your medical condition, you must be treated the same as any other student with a temporary disability, including keeping benefits while in recovery, and renewal of your award.

Extracurricular Activities
Title IX prohibits a school from excluding a pregnant student from any part of its educational program, including all extracurricular activities, such as school clubs, academic societies, honors programs, internships, or sports. A pregnant student must also be eligible to hold leadership positions in these activities.

The following Information is copied from ACSM's Handbook for the Team Physician:
**The enclosed is for your protection and for the protection of your unborn child, should the situation occur. I cannot force you to inform the medical staff that you have become pregnant; but I hope you will do what is in the best interest of you and your unborn child - inform us so we can protect the health of both of you.

(Table 29-2) American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy (Feb. 1994)
An exercise prescription in pregnancy should be individualized and should include a health assessment. It must be emphasized that none of these recommendations has a firm basis in prospective, randomized, clinical trials.

These guidelines follow from a critical analysis of the available physiologic data regarding exercise and pregnancy and represent reasonable extrapolations from such knowledge.

Recommendations for Exercise in Pregnancy and Postpartum
There are no data in humans to indicate that pregnant women should limit exercise intensity and lower target heart rates because of potential adverse events. For women who do not have any additional risk factors for adverse maternal or prenatal outcome, the following recommendations may be made.

1. During pregnancy, women can continue to exercise and derive health benefits even from mild-to-moderate exercise routines. Regular exercise (at least three times per week) is preferable to intermittent activity.

2. Women should avoid exercise in the supine position after the first trimester. Such a position is associated with decreased cardiac output in most pregnant women; because the remaining cardiac output will be preferentially distributed away from splanchnic beds (including the uterus) during vigorous exercise, such regimens are best avoided during pregnancy. Prolonged periods of motionless standing should also be avoided.

3. Women should be aware of the decreased oxygen available for aerobic exercise during pregnancy. They should be encouraged to modify the intensity of their exercise according to maternal symptoms. Pregnant women should stop exercising when fatigued and not exercise to exhaustion. Weight-bearing exercises may under some circumstances be continued at intensities similar to those prior the pregnancy throughout pregnancy. Non-weight-bearing exercises such as cycling or swimming will minimize the risk of and facilitate the continuation of exercise during pregnancy.

4. Morphologic changes in pregnancy should serve as a relative contraindication to types of exercise in which loss of balance could be detrimental to maternal or fetal well-being, especially in the third trimester. Further, any type of exercise involving the potential for even mild abdominal trauma should be avoided.**


Contact

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
936.468.6300
diversity@sfasu.edu

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13075, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3075

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