To help you connect with other parents we suggest:
- Harvard Neighbors hosts a range of interest groups for faculty and staff and their families, including an infant-toddler playgroup.
- Harvard Students Spouses and Partners Association. Open to spouses and partners of all Harvard students.
- Work/Life Conversations: This interactive, community-based site lets you ask questions and participate in conversations on child care, parenting, schools, camps, and more. (For staff and faculty login with Harvard Key.)
- Graduate Students Parents List. Open to students at Harvard who are parents.
- WATCH (Web Access to Care at Harvard) online portal connects faculty, staff, and student parents with Harvard students and affiliates who want to provide long- and short-term child care, including occasional babysitting. (The WATCH portal also lists services such as pet care and yard work.)
New Parents - Special Support Through Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Going back to work after having or adopting a child can be challenging for all parents. Harvard’s EAP provides support and resources to ease this transition. Harvard’s EAP provides unlimited telephonic counseling with licensed clinicians that can support new parents who may be experiencing a variety of emotions and/or difficulties adapting to this change. These clinicians can provide information around various issues that coincide with having a new child (i.e. postpartum depression, anxiety, stress management, marital issues, sleep challenges, etc.).
Not only can bringing a new child into the family system lead to an increased need for mental health assistance, but it can also provide concerns around childcare for working parents. Harvard’s EAP has work-life specialists that can make searching for childcare options easy for new parents. Harvard’s EAP can provide resources around different types of childcare, whether this is in the home or outside of the home.
To learn more about this program, please contact the EAP at 877-EAP-HARV (877-327-4278) to get started. You can also visit the child care and parenting section of the EAP's website.
Recognizing the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for working mothers and their infants and and in promoting a family-friendly work environment, Harvard provides more than 25 lactation rooms (also called mothers’ rooms) across the University. Any Harvard-affiliated nursing mother, including faculty, staff, students, and spouses/partners who are breastfeeding, can register to use a Harvard lactation room.
All rooms have a hospital-grade Medela pump, for which you will need to provide your own Medela/Lactina attachments. Many rooms have a separate space for the use of your own pump. (Attachment kits can be purchased from University Health Services Pharmacy in the Smith Campus Center for approximately $35. They can also be purchased online or from other local pharmacies.)
For more information on our on-campus lactation rooms: