New Laborist Program complements Women & Children’s Services at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas

Published 12:36 am Friday, January 13, 2023

Expectant women in Southeast Texas and the surrounding area will soon benefit from enhanced medical care during their labor and delivery experience through a collaboration between The Medical Center of Southeast Texas and Millennium Neonatology to establish an OB-GYN hospitalist program.

Dr. Stephanie Cunningham, chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at The Medical Center said the services add another layer of safety and quality to the obstetrical care of the birthing center.

“Our local physicians will continue to provide inpatient care for their private patients,” she said. “The safety net provided through the new OB-GYN Hospitalist program is a wonderful benefit for our community of new parents and babies.”

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OB-GYN hospitalist care is a model of care in increasing use in the United States and is in contrast to the traditional model of obstetrical care in which clinicians often divide their time among seeing their patients in outpatient clinics, outpatient surgery centers and the hospital.

Launched earlier this year, the on-site program provides oversight of expectant patients’ care until their obstetrician arrives, ensuring physicians are immediately and consistently available to pregnant mothers and their newborns.

Further, research has shown that having a dedicated OB/GYN provider can result in better outcomes for mothers and babies, including reducing C-sections and stillbirths, hospital officials said.

This new program complements the Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at The Medical Center that is staffed around the clock by on-site neonatology physicians.

Dr. Snehal Doshi, longtime Southeast Texas neonatologist and medical director of The Medical Center’s NICU said this is a significant addition to the suite of services provided for women and children.

“Every birth is different and comes with its own set of challenges, just like every mother’s needs during delivery and labor are unique,” he said. “This model of care will help reduce risk and help us provide the very best, patient-centered care.”

The new program will be led by a local team of board-certified physicians, including doctors Gary Mennie, Stephanie Cunningham, Rojina Jasani and Eduardo Jaramillo with more than 60 years of combined experience in caring for women in Southeast Texas.

Their role is to enhance patient outcomes by ensuring physicians are immediately and consistently available to pregnant mothers and their newborns from check-in to delivery.

To schedule a tour of our Labor and Delivery Suites, call 409-853-5657. To learn more about the Women & Children’s service line at The Medical Center, visit