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Healthcare Resources for Parenting Students

Vanderbilt Student Health Care Center’s mission is to enhance the academic experience of students by providing quality primary healthcare services in a nurturing and cost-effective manner. While pre-natal services are not offered directly at The Student Health Center, they are happy to provide referrals within the Vanderbilt and Nashville Community.  Important: students who have Vanderbilt insurance and wish to obtain pre-natal services, must first schedule an appointment with Student Health in order to obtain a referral for services. To schedule an appointment please visit their website.

West End Women’s Health Clinic is a midwifery clinic that operates in conjunction with Vanderbilt University.  Believing in the philosophy that pregnancy and birth are sacred events that belong to the pregnant woman and her family, and that as midwives, they are there to facilitate what is happening, not to direct it. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit their website.

Vanderbilt University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a broad spectrum of women’s health care, from the provision of annual examinations and preventive care to pre-natal services and beyond. They provide prenatal care and delivery services to about 3300 women per year and last year had about 500 women transported to us for tertiary, high risk labor and delivery care.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Childbirth Education Classes range in topic from “Beginning Breastfeeding” to the “Childbirth Crash Course”. Be sure to let them know you are a student at the University and you will receive 25% off classes.

Hope Clinic Bridge Program offers free prenatal classes through their crisis pregnancy center for students. Classes are offered on a wide range of topics from prenatal health to personal finances.

Student Health Insurance Options:

Vanderbilt University is committed to promoting good health and meeting the medical needs of its students.  The unexpected occurrence and expense of a medical condition can interrupt and even end a student’s academic career.  It is for this reason that we offer the Student Injury and Sickness Plan provided by Gallagher Koster.  Vanderbilt University requires all eligible students to be covered by a health insurance plan that is comparable to or exceeds the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.

The SISI Plan does in fact cover pre-natal care and family members are eligible for your student insurance plan at additional costs. Students may enroll their eligible dependents online for an additional premium by visiting here, selecting “Dependent Enroll” and completing the form by the published deadline)

It is the Insured student’s responsibility to enroll eligible Dependents each year. Dependents are not automatically re-enrolled. Students need to purchase coverage for their eligible dependent(s) at the same time of their initial plan enrollment and must purchase the same period of coverage in which they are enrolled.

The deadlines to enroll dependents are as follows: September 12, 2011 for newly enrolled and returning Annual students to have an effective date of August 12, 2011; February 1, 2012 for newly enrolled spring students to have an effective date of January 1, 2012; June 1, 2012 for newly enrolled Maymester students to have an effective date of May 1, 2012; and July 1, 2012, for newly enrolled Summer students to have an effective date of June 1, 2012.

The only time students can purchase coverage for their dependents outside of their own coverage period is if the student experiences one of the following qualifying events” (a) marriage (b) birth if a child (c) divorce or (d) if the dependent is entering the country for the first time. If dependent enrollment meets one these qualifying events, the Dependent enrollment form, supporting documentation, and payment must be received by Gallagher Koster within 31 days of the qualifying event. If not received within 31 days of the qualifying event, the effective date of coverage will be the date this form and payment are received at Gallagher Koster. Once a dependent is enrolled, coverage cannot be terminated unless the students loses eligibility.