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Baby’s Best Start

Vanderbilt University is committed to supporting faculty, staff and students when they add children to their families. This page is here to help you locate resources offered through Vanderbilt and find information that will help you prepare for your baby’s arrival and adjust to your new life as a parent.

Healthy Pregnancy

Resources for Vanderbilt Faculty and Staff

  • Vanderbilt Women’s Health
    Located at One Hundred Oaks and committed to providing care for women at all stages of their lives, from annual examinations to pregnancy and delivery.
  • Vanderbilt Midwife Services
    Certified nurse-midwives provide pregnancy care and delivery, primary care, well-woman care, birth control and other gynecological services and prenatal care.
  • Babies & You | Vanderbilt Health Plus Program
    Babies & You is a prenatal health promotion program for faculty/staff, spouses, and/or dependent children who become pregnant. $50 is offered to participants who: enroll in the first trimester, attend at least 3 monthly classes, and provide documentation of attending all prenatal provider visits. View class schedule for January – May 2019.
    Health Plus also covers the cost of one home visit from Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee to Vanderbilt faculty/staff following the birth of the baby.
  • Parenting Group | Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
    A monthly group that provides education on various parenting topics. Contact Rory Dicker- rory.dicker@vanderbilt.edufor more information.

    Parenting Group
  • Women’s Education and Lactation | Monroe Jr. Carrell Children’s Hospital
    Offers childbirth education classes, breastfeeding supplies, and breastfeeding support for both patients and Vanderbilt employees.
  • Shade Tree Early Pregnancy program (STEPP)
    Connects pregnant women from underserved populations with prenatal care, community resources, prenatal education, and social resources. Volunteers at the clinic are Vanderbilt medical employees and students.
  • Vanderbilt Resuscitation Program
    An authorized American Heart Association training center providing BLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS, Heartsaver, and ERO courses to Vanderbilt employees and students.

External Resources

  • My 9 Months Developed by March of Dimes experts, this website gives important information for before, during, and after pregnancy.
  • Healthy Pregnancy The federal government source for information on giving your baby a healthy start.

Planning Your Maternity/Paternity Leave

Below are some resources to assist you as you move through the FMLA application process. If you have questions, you may contact your FMLA Coordinator at 615-343-4125 or email

    • How to apply for FMLA/TMLA
      The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Tennessee Maternity Leave Act (TMLA) provide for leaves of absence for periods of time on account of adoption, pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing of an infant
    • Using Short-term Disability to pay part of your salary while on FMLA/TMLA
    • Human Resources policy on FMLA and TMLA Leave
    • Human Resources policy on breaks for breastfeeding mothers

Lactation Support

Vanderbilt University strives to provide a supportive and accommodating environment for faculty, staff and students who choose to carry out their breastfeeding goals upon returning to work or study. Please reference the links below to find resources and support to help make your transition back to work easier.

  • Lactation Rooms at Vanderbilt University
  • Breastfeeding Supplies
    Champ’s Corner Store located inside the Jr. League Family Resource Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s hospital offers equipment rentals and purchases.
  • Breastfeeding Support

Educational Resources