Family Support Resources

For UW Faculty Women


Will you be bringing a new child into your home in the next few months or have you recently given birth or adopted a child? Are you interested in meeting with other UW faculty women who are also new moms? The UW has invited a trained facilitator to lead a new peer support group for 'new mom' faculty members. The group will meet to share ideas and concerns about combining academic careers with motherhood. Contact Kate Quinn ( for more information or to express your interest.

Family support resources

  • Sick and disability leave
  • IMA Athletic Center
  • Mental health services
  • Maternity and paternity leave policies
  • Adoption
    • Policies: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      Pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, the faculty member may be eligible for paid medical benefits for up to 12 weeks from the initiation of the leave when family leave is taken for purposes of caring for the employee's newborn or newly adopted or foster child; to care for the employee's spouse, son, daughter, domestic partner, or parent who has a serious health condition; or for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform his or her job. To receive such benefits, a faculty member requesting family leave must notify the Office of the Provost.
    • UW Center for Adoption Medicine
  • Location of lactation rooms at clinical and research sites
    • University of Washington:
      There is information re: lactation rooms available on the UW Women's Center website
    • Harborview Medical Center:
      At Harborview, 7E Clinic Room 1 is secured 24 hours/day with a key punch pad. Contact Kathy Maher with Employee Health Services at 206-731-3081 to schedule an orientation and obtain access. She is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      You may use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. If overlapping occurs, a scheduling process will be implemented. Usage is limited to 20 minutes. This is a privacy room complete with a sink and microwave. HMC also has an electric lactation pump available for check-out through the central processing desk, which is open 24/7: call 731-4154 for more information. Moms need to buy their own collection kits to utilize the electric pump.
    • Seattle Children's:
      Lactation rooms at Children's are called "pump rooms." Staff is allowed to use these as well as patients and they are available on a first come, first served basis. Rooms can be found at the following locations: T-1223, G-2056, G-3016, and G-4016. Rooms have a comfortable chair, a sink, a pump, and instructions for cleaning the pump. There is also a sign-out sheet for a portable breast pump-this looks like it is primarily used by patients' mothers. Staff should store their milk in a non-patient care refrigerator.
  • Child care:
    • University of Washington:
    • Seattle Children's: There is a daycare facility at the 70th and Sandpoint site.
  • College education saving
  • Elder care leave policy