Resources to help care for your family.
Breastfeeding Support Program
Congratulations on your upcoming or recent arrival! Through a generous grant from the Orfalea Foundations, UCSB has established a Breastfeeding Support Program.
UCSB recognizes the positive benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your child. We are committed to providing you with the information and support you need if you choose to breastfeed after returning to work.
UCSB has five lactation rooms located around campus. The rooms provide convenient access to private, clean, and safe areas for the purposes of expressing breast milk and/or breastfeeding. Four of the five rooms are equipped with high-quality breast pumps, and all Lactation Rooms have magazines and other print materials for your use. When you register you will be issued a key to access the private room of your choice.
Lactation Room Locations:
1) Kerr Hall — Room 2172C
2) Davidson Library — Room 2549
3) Student Resources Building — Room 1201
4) Arts Library — Room 2407B
5) Ellison Hall — Room 3725A
Medical Insurance Benefits
UC medical plans are required to cover comprehensive lactation support and counseling by a trained provider during pregnancy and/or in the postpartum period, and costs of renting breastfeeding equipment. The plans have resources including nurselines, counselors and online programs to help you if you have questions about breastfeeding. Please contact your medical plan or treating physician for more information.
There are several resources for borrowing, renting or purchasing breast pumps.
- Human Resources has five breast pumps available for loan free of charge to program participants. Contact the Coordinator for more information.
- UC medical plans cover the costs of renting breastfeeding equipment.
- Medela pumps are available for purchase at the UCSB Bookstore (x2335).
Register to participate in Breastfeeding Support Program
For the use of Lactation Rooms and/or the Breast Pumps, please register with the Human Resources Office.
Caregivers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group addresses the various issues and uncertainties faced when becoming caretakers for your aging loved ones. Whether you are caretaking from a distance, have your parent(s) living at your home or in a nursing facility, or are anticipating needing to become more involved in the near future, many find it helpful to share their experiences through the stages of caregiving, all the way to the end of life. Resource & referral information for elder care is also available.
Second Tuesday of each month
12:00 - 1:30
Women's Center Library in Student Resources Building
Facilitated by John Berberet, Academic & Staff Assistance Program Manager
Contact ASAP office at 893-3318 for more information
Bright Horizons – Family Care Resources
Bright Horizons (formerly Select Plus and SitterCity) is a web-based resource to help you find and select pre-screened in-home care for children, adults—even pets. You select the local caregiver that's right for you.
Bright Horizons offers two programs:
A robust network of locally based in-home care providers including:
- Self-selected, pre-screened caregivers
- Every day and occasional care (babysitters and nannies) for children and for special needs
- Elder caregivers
- Homework help, household, and pet care
A comprehensive solution to your adult/elder care needs including:
- Certified adult/elder care advisors and a needs assessment to guide your search for care
- Specialized facilities including memory care, hospice care, and independent/assisted-living communities
- In-home health care and dependent care
If you need a caregiver on short notice, such as when your child gets sick, school closings, or your parent needs a ride to a medical appointment and you must be at work, you can post a short-notice job or can search the caregivers who are available on short notice.
How the plan works
- You register on the Bright Horizons website specifically for UC faculty and staff
- Search for caregivers using direct search based on criteria important to you or post a job and have candidates apply to you
- Read profiles and reviews of caregivers
- Interview, check caregivers’ references and background checks
- Select and make all payment arrangements directly with the provider
UC pays the fee that gives you access to pre-screened caregivers. Then you make all the arrangements including hiring and paying the caregiver.
Who is eligible to participate
You must be a current benefits-eligible UC employee to participate in this program. This benefit is subject to collective bargaining so some represented employees may not be eligible to particiate. Here is a list of participating bargaining units.
Retirees, residents/house staff and Postdoctoral Scholars are NOT eligible for this UC benefit at this time, but may access the Bright Horizons resources by purchasing a membership.