University support for pregnant students uncommon

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

When Chaunie Brusie saw the blue positive lines on her pregnancy test, she panicked. At 21 years old, she had just started her senior year at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Mich.

"I really didn't know what to do," Brusie says. "I went to the health center that was located on our campus. The nurse practitioner who ran the full health campus center knew nothing. I asked her if I could purchase insurance, [which] specifically excluded maternity coverage. I asked if she could help me find a list of doctors that I could go to. She basically knew nothing that could help me stay in school and continue the pregnancy."

Brusie started crying in her office.

"She actually ended up walking out on me," Brusie says. "That was a low point."

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