Berkeley Lab

My Family at LBL

What to do if you’re having a baby

Great! Here’s everything you need to know about taking time off work, enrolling your new child in benefits, and resources UC offers to help you take care of yourself and that adorable bundle of joy.

All family and employment changes

Family & Medical Leaves

Contact your HR Division Partner with additional questions

Additional Resources

Family Life Resources

UC Berkeley’s Tang Center (Health Services) provides a wealth of internal and external family oriented resources. Topics include:

Berkeley Lab Back up Care Program

Through Berkeley Lab’s partnership with Bright Horizons, employees no longer have to miss work when their normal care arrangements are unavailable. Employees have access to a comprehensive national network of childcare centers and in-home providers for child, adult and elder back-up care needs.

Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps employees and their family members find solutions to personal and work-related challenges through counseling, consultation, assessment, and referrals. All services are voluntary, confidential, and free of charge.

Temporary Blue Triangle Parking Privileges for Expectant Mothers

To initiate a request for this temporary accommodation, complete the Expectant Mother Parking Form and return to the FML/Disability Specialist.

For Nursing Mothers

Berkeley Lab’s goal is to provide a supportive, family-friendly work environment. To accommodate nursing mothers, we have a Lactation Accommodation Program that provides the time and space for your needs.


Berkeley Lab respects and supports the needs of nursing mothers by allowing adequate time at an appropriate location for your needs.


You are permitted a reasonable amount of time to express breast milk during work hours. You may take a lactation break, concurrent with your scheduled rest periods, or unpaid time during other parts of the work day. Supervisors are encouraged to consider flexible scheduling to accommodate your lactation needs.

Lactation Rooms

We understand your need for privacy, and we try to provide appropriate space near your work area. The Lab has designated lactation rooms for your convenience. If your work area is far from a designated lactation room, you may request alternative accommodation from your supervisor, such as an employee’s office or conference room with a locking door. To ensure privacy, you may post a sign on the door asking for uninterrupted time in the room.

All onsite and offsite lactation rooms have a dedicated hospital-grade pump.  To view instructions on how to use the Ameda Elite Electric Breast Pump, model # 17608, please view this instructional video:  A brief manual will also be placed in each room.

There will be no ‘check-out’ system, as the pumps will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.  To ensure that the pumps remain in good working condition, please handle with care and clean up after use.

Ameda personal kits (Ameda Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System w/One Hand Breast Pump Adapter) can be purchased from, Target, or other stores. Please do not try to attach your personal kit from different models, since it will damage the pump, and there are no plans for replacement.

All rooms can be reserved via Berkeley Lab’s Google Calendar. To reserve, click “Rooms” in the calendar event invitation, type in “lactation” in the search bar, and a list of lactation rooms will appear

If you have any questions, please contact the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office at [email protected].