Pregnancy and Parenting

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. This also includes all related conditions, such as abortion, miscarriages, adoption & fostering. The U.S. Department of Education has more information online.

Who Title IX protects:

  • Pregnant students
  • Students recently pregnant
  • Pregnancy loss, miscarriage, & abortion
  • Adopting and fostering parents
  • Parenting students

Students should consider notifying the Deputy Title IX Coordinator of their or their partner’s pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, or adoption and fostering. Students who adopt or foster children are entitled to the same rights and benefits as birth parents. The Deputy can create a coordinated approach to short term accommodations, maternity or paternity leave, and academic accommodations, due to medical necessity or extraordinary parenting or caretaking responsibilities.


Family & Lactation Rooms

The Family and Lactation Room is a place in the Memorial Union where families and nursing parents can bring their children to nurse/feed. It is located on the 1st floor of the Memorial Union. If the room is open it is available for a family to use.

Click Here to learn more about the room

For access to the room please reach out to:

Katie Harder

Office: 162 Memorial Union
Phone: 207.581.1420


Childcare options

Finding childcare services for your child is and can be a very stressful experience. ChildCare Choices, provided by the University of Maine, helps parents  find childcare. It also help parents learn abut the different types of childcare and subsidies available for parents.