Expectant Students

Childbirth Accomodation and Parental Leave

MIT graduate students have access (according to eligibility) to two different leaves when they give birth or undertake significant responsibilities for a newborn child or a child newly placed with them: Childbirth Accommodation and/or Parental Leave.

    • Childbirth Accommodation is structured as a leave for up to two months from academic and research work for eligible graduate students. A full-time, registered graduate student is eligible for Childbirth Accommodation if they have recently given birth (is a “birth parent”). It does not apply to adoption or to non-birth parents. Birth parents are also eligible for Parental Leave.

    • Parental Leave is structured as a one-month leave from academic and research work for eligible graduate students who have significant responsibilities for a newborn child or a child newly placed with them through adoption, foster care, or court order.

    • Students must initiate planning with their department; the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) provides final review and approval. See Childbirth Accommodation and Parental Leave FAQ for more information.

New and Expecting Parents Group

    • The New and Expecting Parents Group, sponsored by MIT Spouses and Partners Connect, is for moms, dads, working parents, stay at home parents, and other caregivers.

    • Anyone is welcome; however the events are targeted to new parents or soon- to-be parents. Most parents who attend have children under 2. There are speakers, play dates, cooking classes, outings, and many other activities together.

MIT Pediatrics

If you have purchased an MIT affiliate medical plan you can take advantage of medical facilities right on campus. MIT has a variety of services to include pediatrics, whether your child is feeling ill or you need to get school immunizations, MIT pediatrics can help.

New and expecting mothers can also find several services from MIT Pediatrics from nursing assistance to understanding the first few weeks with your new bundle of joy. Visit the MIT medical website for more information as well as podcasts and meet and greets with medical staff.

Planning for Childcare

    • MIT GAIN can help refer you to licensed child care providers. The toll-free phone number is 1‐844‐MIT‐GAIN. This referral service is free of charge to admitted MIT graduate students and their family members.

    • MIT Technology Childcare Centers (TCC) includes four child care centers in Cambridge and one in Lexington. Full-time and part-time infant, toddler, and preschool care are available, with a limited number of slots for graduate student families.

    • In addition, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licenses Family Child Care and Group & School Age Child Care programs in Massachusetts. Learn more about these programs and find a licensed child care provider that's right for you.

Lactation Rooms

    • See a list of private lactation rooms available to the MIT community for lactation needs, sponsored by the MIT Work-Life Center. Contact the room coordinator to gain access (for example, to get permission through your MIT ID card, the room key, and/or an access code), the room schedule if one is in place (e.g. bulletin board, Google calendar, etc.), and any specific room guidelines.