If you're thinking of starting a family or already have kids of your own, here are a few resources available to postdocs.
If you have advice or other questions, we also invite you to "Request to Join" our Web Forum for JHPDA Families: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/jhpdafamilies
We recommend checking out our section on "The Pregnancy Process." Also, our JHPDA blog has an article on "Useful Baby Items" -- feel free to add your own suggestions in a comment on that post! :)
The Maternity/Paternity Leave Policy basically states that postdocs may take 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth of a child. Other details are in our Basic Benefits section.
Lactation Rooms provided by the Work/Life Office. These are places that JHMI employees may go to use breast pumps to support breastfeeding while at work. For more information on breast-feeding resources and breast pumps, see our Pregnancy section.
The JHPDA has partnered with JHMI Lifespan Services to bring you a Mother's Room on the 3rd floor of PCTB, Room 302. To access the room with a Hopkins ID badge, mothers need to complete an authorization form (downloadable as a .xls or a .pdf file). Return this form to: Sharon Eddinger (PCTB 333, email@example.com). The room currently has one Ameda Elite pump, with a Medela Symphony coming soon. There are also three stations, a sink, a small refrigerator, and a full-length mirror. Special thanks to Meg Stoltzfus, Cara Altimus, and Mari Kondo for making this possible!
NIH's Family Friendly Practices regarding time off and childcare costs.
The Maryland Family Network provides a LOCATE: Childcare service: http://mdchildcare.org/mdcfc/for_parents/finding.html
It's a free and confidential service, namely a computerized resource and referral database that contains information on all regulated child care in the state of Maryland.
Hopkins Work-Life Program has a few resources for childcare, found here: http://hopkinsworklife.org/services/childcare.html
The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance also has lots of resources, specifically for families in Bmore: http://www.dbfam.org/
JHMI SOM has partnered with two facilities to help postdocs, staff, and/or fellows afford childcare:
Some other child care providers can be found in this Google Doc from the JHPDA.
If have suggestions from your childcare search, and would like to include them for other parents looking for resources, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also suggest becoming a member of the Johns Hopkins PostDocs Family Google Group to have the most up to date information from fellow parents across the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Community. When sending the request email below please be sure to include your JHED ID so that we can check your status.
Children of the WorldCo-op (COTW) is an international playgroup for children aged 1-4 years and their parents or caregivers. COTW is open 5 mornings/week and is located in Charles Village. More information (including a Postdoc's review) can be found here.
Below are some articles / websites that we found to be quite informative: