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Women’s and Children’s Services

South Central Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.

This distinguished honor demonstrates that SCRMC is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.


South Central Regional Medical Center was founded in 1952 and is currently a 285-bed, public not-for-profit hospital located in Laurel, MS. The hospital primarily serves a 4-county area: Jones County, Jasper County, Wayne County and Smith County. South Central’s Maternal Child Services has approximately 900 births per year. The facility is a Level II NICU and has 5 Certified Lactation Consultants, one International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and one Nurse Practitioner Certified Lactation Consultant on staff.

About Baby-Friendly USA

As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA is responsible for upholding the highest standards in infant feeding care by coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. Learn more about Baby-Friendly USA and the BFHI at

To schedule a tour or for information about South Central Regional Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Services, please call 601-426-4229 or 601-426-4455.

shutterstock_136758227At South Central Regional Medical Center, we specialize in the tailored, individual attention that puts moms at ease and babies in the best care.

Features of South Central’s Maternal Child Inpatient facility:

  • 19 beds on the Maternal Child/Gynecological Surgery Unit
  • A Labor and Delivery Unit with 5 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) rooms and 6 Antepartum, Outpatient Evaluation and Extended Recovery rooms.
  • Surgical area that has two C-Section rooms.
  • State-of-the-art fetal monitoring system in all of the patient rooms and at the nurses’ station.
  • 32-bed nursery: The well-baby and transitional areas accommodate 12 infants each and the intensive care nursery accommodates eight infants.
  • Women’s health physical therapy program, which facilitates wellness and healing. The program offers outpatient services to women with urinary incontinence problems.

The facility features all the warm and cozy comforts of home plus expert caregiving when you need it most.

  • Woodgrained Flooring
  • Dark Wood Furniture
  • Entertainment Center with TV
  • Sofa Bed
  • Rocker
  • Large Bathroom with Sitz Bath

Caring for New Mothers, Infants, Children and Adolescents

Maternal and child service nurses help expectant mothers through labor and delivery. They also provide advanced clinical care to infants, children and adolescents. You will find nurses specializing in maternal and child services in these hospital areas:

Labor and Delivery:  Our expert, patient-focused labor and delivery nurses help mothers-to-be through every step of the birth process.

Mother and Baby Care:  New mothers and their babies receive care from a compassionate and highly skilled nursing team. Nurses provide education, breastfeeding support and follow-up based on the specific needs of families with new babies.

Breastfeeding Hot Line: 601-426-4234

Breastfeeding can be challenging, however help is available 24/7 from SCRMC. The South Central Breastfeeding Hot Line was developed to provide our pregnant and postpartum mothers the opportunity to ask questions concerning breastfeeding.  This services is available to our community 24/7 and gives a direct line to a Certified Lactation Consultant or Nursery RN that has been specially trained to answer breastfeeding questions. If necessary, staff can refer to a medical provider.

South Central Breastfeeding Hot Line is located inside the Maternal Child Nursery at SCRMC and is an excellent resource utilized by our moms.

Newborn Nursery:  The well-baby and transitional sections of the nursery can accommodate 12 infants each, and the intensive care nursery can accommodate 8 infants. The nursery encompasses approximately 2,800 square feet, making you and your new little one feel comfortable. Medical direction of the nursery is provided by pediatricians on staff at South Central Regional Medical Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All babies have a designated nurse to care for their individual needs. The team of healthcare professionals in the nursery has received certification in infant resuscitation and extensive training in well baby and sick baby care. Parents are provided instruction specific to the care of the newborn, and new mothers are given individual instruction on breastfeeding their infant.

Pediatrics:  South Central Regional Medical Center offers inpatient pediatric care staffed by clinical personnel with years of experience in the pediatric field.

To provide our patients with the optimal level of care, our Laurel and Ellisville Pediatric Clinics are convenient to Jones County residents and surrounding areas to insure your child is well cared for by our team of specialized physicians and nursing staff.

Ellisville Pediatric Clinic               
1203 Avenue B
Ellisville, MS 39437
(601) 477-3550

South Central Pediatrics
1002 Jefferson Street, Suite 200
Laurel, MS 39440
(601) 649-3520

Gynecological Surgery

The field of surgery is ever-changing, and at South Central Regional Medical Center we are committed to keeping up with the latest advancements in surgical technology. With years of experience in the field of surgery, the staff at South Central Regional Medical Center provides a wide range of gynecological surgeries, as well as other conventional surgeries. Some surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis which provide convenience and shorter recovery times. Regardless of the kind of surgery you need, you can depend on the experience, technology and the caring staff at South Central Regional Medical Center. If are you are planning to have a baby, or are planning to have gynecological surgery, call us for a tour of The Women’s Place.


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