For Expecting Parents

Family-Friendly Policies for Ph.D. Students

New Parent Accommodation

A student in a Ph.D. program at Penn is eligible for time off of eight weeks for the birth or adoption of a child. 

Family Leave of Absence Policy

A student in the Ph.D. program at Penn may take an unpaid Family Leave of Absence for the birth or adoption of a child, child care, or care of an immediate family member (spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent) with a serious health condition.

Visit the Penn Book for more information about the policies and how to request them. 

Family Center staff can advise you on the policies and accommodations, email

Parents @ Penn

Supports new parents and parents-to-be, including students, employees and partners.You can also find a Parents @ Penn Group on Facebook.

Solutions for Women Boutique

Staffed by experts in women's health products, Solutions for Women enables patients and caregivers to purchase health-oriented merchandise in a convenient, comfortable and discreet setting.