Mother and Baby Care

Our obstetricians and dedicated OB nursing staff will care for you and your baby during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Services we offer to expecting mothers and their babies include:

What to Expect When Expecting

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. It is thought to be related to the hormonal changes during pregnancy, although genes and extra weight may also play a role. Learn More

Pre-natal Massage

HealthPoint Fitness offers pre-natal massage for women who are at least 12 weeks along in their pregnancy. This massage concentrates on the aching parts of a pregnant woman’s body - her hips, lower back and feet. Call HealthPoint Fitness in Cape at 573-986-4400 or in Jackson at 573-755-2301 for more information.


Over the years, our ultrasound staff has taken more “first baby” photos than any other hospital in the area.

  • Ultrasound uses sound waves to safely and painlessly gather detailed information about how your baby is developing.
  • Mothers who have their ultrasounds performed at Southeast received complimentary photos of their baby’s images as well as a thumb drive with their baby “in action.”

Labor and Delivery Manual for Expectant Parents

This reference guide provides valuable information expectant parents need to know about labor and delivery of their baby at Southeast Hospital’s Dennis B. Elrod Obstetric Unit.

We explain the procedures that take place during your stay including information about vaginal and caesarian births and postpartum care, as well as hospital amenities and suggestions on how to take care of yourself when you return home. View Labor and Delivery Manual

Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at any time of the day, and for most women, it seems to stop after the 12th week of pregnancy. Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if you experience excessive vomiting and cannot manage to keep your food down, you should contact your physician.

After Baby Arrives

Breast Feeding Support

Southeast’s Lactation Services team assists mothers with prenatal education, daily support on the Hospital following delivery, and continued support after mom and baby go home.

Cord Blood Banking

Your baby’s umbilical cord blood carries special cells, referred to as stem cells. These unique cells have the potential to treat certain diseases and disorders. Cord Blood Banking is the process of collecting your baby’s cord blood from the umbilical cord and placenta immediately after birth, and then processing and storing the cord blood unit containing stem cells.

Newborn & Infant Intensive Care

Southeast Hospital was the first hospital in the region to establish a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the late 1970s. Experienced Neonatologist Paul Caruso, MD, cares for babies and works closely with Southeast’s Pediatric Hospitalists, providing specialized inpatient care for newborns around the clock.

Postpartum Depression

Many new moms experience the "postpartum baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.

Share Grief Program

The Share Grief Support program at Southeast Hospital, started in 1985, serves families whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

Tubal Ligation

Tubal Ligation also known as having your tubes tied or tubal sterilization — is a type of permanent birth control. During a tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are cut or blocked to permanently prevent pregnancy.