International students find pregnancy support at ASU

xun-and-wife-and-jackie-asuWhile many students will be “far from home” as they pursue their college education, “far from home” takes on new meaning to an international student. Coming to the United States for college may mean mastering a second language, acclimating to a different culture, and tackling all the challenges of young adulthood without family nearby.

But what happens when an international student (or their wife or girlfriend) becomes pregnant? Who is there to help them? Thankfully, at Arizona State, international student, Xun, and his wife found the support that they needed through ASU Students for Life.

Read what ASU Students for Life had to share below (found here, Oct. 21st):

“With permission from the parents, ASU Pregnant on Campus is OVERJOYED to share the story of Xun and his wife…and their unborn baby girl due this December!

A few years ago, Xun, an international student, noticed the ASU Pregnant on Campus table while walking through campus. He immediately thought, “I guess some students may need services like that.” Little did he know that in his last year of college he would be one of them!

He brought his wife from China to the United States, and they became pregnant without any insurance to cover prenatal care or their baby’s delivery. Their parents pressured them to abort, but Xun and his wife knew they did not want that. Despite the odds, they wanted to have their child.

wife-xun-arizona-stateRemembering the POC table he had seen years before, Xun wondered if our initiative was still around. With a quick Google search he was able to find our website and contact us to explain his situation.

Our chairwoman at the time linked him with Aid to Women Center (ATWC), a low-cost prenatal care provider for women without insurance, and also supported him through determining eligibility for AHCCCS state health insurance to cover the cost of delivery. Xun and his wife were impressed with ATWC and are still receiving care there, and they have been approved for insurance too. Their baby girl is due this December.

It was a joyful emotional moment for our chairwoman to meet them face to face for the first time this week! They are so grateful for all the help they have received and said that without ASU Pregnant on Campus, they could not have gotten this far in their pregnancy.”

 

This post is shared with permission from Xun’s family and ASU Students for Life. See more Pregnant on Campus efforts at Arizona State University here. To share your story, contact Beth Rahal, brahal@studentsforlife.org 

Celebrate Your Campus Resources!

how-can-we-support-flyer-on-campusThanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all the great people and blessings in your life. Our Pregnant on Campus team is grateful for the many campus and community resources that help support pregnant and parenting students. These resources help students stay in school and take care of their kids.

Tangible resources and community support make it easier for pregnant and parenting students to be an active part of your college community. That’s why this Thanksgiving, we are challenging you to go out, find your resources, and celebrate them! 

Our Challenge

From Monday, November 14th through Saturday, November 19th, help us find campus resources for pregnant and parenting students. Here’s how it works:

  • Challenge your group members to find one of the resources listed each day.
  • Take a photo! (Or use a photo from a past event)
  • Post your photos on your student group’s social media account with a description of the resource.
  • Add the hashtag #ParentingStudents 
  • Tag our Pregnant on Campus Initiative on Facebook and Instagram (@PregnantOnCampus).

The top 3 groups that post the most images on social media will win:

Contact Beth Rahal (Pregnant on Campus Director at brahal@studentsforlife.org with any questions. GOOD LUCK!

Resources Scavenger Hunt

You have 6 days to find these resources. Here are each day’s topics and recommended resources. Now go find them!

Day 1: Monday, November 14th

Community Support: Who can pregnant and parenting students go to for life-affirming support? Who can they go to who will be kind, caring, and helpful? What can that person (or group) offer the student?

  • Your student group
  • Pro-life professor, staff, or administrator
  • Residence advisor
  • Pregnancy support advocate
  • Pregnancy resource center
  • Campus ministry
  • Campus counseling

Day 2: Tuesday, November 15th

Pregnancy Help: Where can you get free pregnancy tests and pregnancy options counseling? Who will support the student throughout her pregnancy?

  • Your student group
  • Campus health center
  • Local pregnancy resource center

Day 3: Wednesday, November 16th

Child Care: Where can students take care of their child? How can they go to school and take care of their baby?

  • Diaper changing stations
  • Lactation (Mother’s) rooms
  • Child care center
  • Student group babysitting services
  • Family study room

Day 4: Thursday, November 17th

Financial and Material Support: Who can pregnant and parenting students ask about financial assistance? Are there scholarships on campus for pregnant or parenting students? Where can students get free baby or maternity items?

  • Financial aid office
  • Your student group
  • Scholarship committee
  • Pregnancy resource center
  • Office of Family Resources

Day 5: Friday, November 18th

Academic Support: Who can tell a pregnant or parenting student about Title IX rights, school policies, and classroom accommodations? Who can help her find flexible class options?

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Academic Support
  • Disability Services
  • Office of the Registrar

Day 6: Saturday, November 19th 

BONUS RESOURCES: What else does your school and community have to offer? Tell us about resources like:

  • Adoption support
  • STD Testing
  • Family housing on campus
  • Local maternity home
  • Family events
  • After abortion counseling

(Don’t forget! HASHTAG #ParentingStudents and TAG @PregnantOnCampus.)

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