New Parents

You have made it through the excitement of bringing a new baby into the world and are ready to embark on a new journey of nurturing, loving, teaching, and growing. Below you will find on- and off-campus resources to help in this new and exciting time. Please know that this is not an exhaustive list of resources. More information about employee benefits and major life changes can be found in the Benefits section of this website. If you have any questions please contact the Work Life Coordinator.

Parents Thankful

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Rooms for Nursing Mother Initiative

Rooms for Nursing  Mothers
GVSU recognizes the importance of supporting nursing mothers by providing space for mothers to express milk. If you are having difficulty making arrangements, please contact the WorkLife consultant. 


  • Nursing Amendment
    Have you heard about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which now requires that employers provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.”  Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”...

  • Work Place Options - Resource Referral Services for Child Care Providers
    Did you know that it takes the average person 35 hours to find a child care provider? Let Work Place Options, part of GVSU's Employee Assistance Service, help you out! Simply call 1-800-788-8630 and speak with a referral specialist. The referral specialist will conduct a tailored search for the child care provider that best fits the needs of your child(ren). Let Work Place Options do the work for you! Child Care Options
  • Available Support Literature
    Literature on topics ranging from expecting your first child, to potty training, a variety of materials are available to help you with the journey of all stages of life.
  • Adoption
    Pre-taxed savings for adoption assistance
    "The Adoption Resource Book" FREE from Work Place Options

    Adoption Resources and Benefits
    Adoption Form 


  • Baby Changing Stations
    Baby changing stations have been added to male and female restrooms across campus. This has been done to serve the children of our faculty, staff, students and community members during working hours or for events that may be on campus.
    • Commons Room 127
    • Fieldhouse Room B1128
    • Kirkhof Center Room 1148
    • Kirkhof Center Room 1251
    • Kirkhof Center Room 2247
    • Kirkhof Center Room 1252
    • Lake Ontario Hall Room 171
    • Mackinac Hall Basement B-LL-103
    • Mackinac Hall Room B-1-102
    • Niemeyer Honors College Room 110
    • Performing Arts Center Room 1402


  • New Baby Packets
    Grand Valley State University would like to welcome the newest addition to your family! Please accept our congratulations and warmest wishes on this new and wonderful stage in your life. Being a parent can be the hardest and the best job that you will ever do. Here at GVSU, we recognize that life does not stop when you go to work. Therefore, We have included several services on this page that may be helpful for you in supporting your role of parent and faculty/staff member. In addition, when you call the GVSU Benefits Department to let them know of the change in your benefits, we will send you a New Baby Packet filled with information on all aspects of parenting a newborn and a small gift for your little one. If you are not benefit eligible, please contact Sue Sloop to receive your New Baby Packet.

  • Helpful Websites





Page last modified June 19, 2017