Building Blocks

Southeast Home Health provides prenatal home visitation.

Expecting your first baby? Building Blocks is a free prenatal early childhood home visitation service offered through the Missouri Department of Health to qualifying mothers. 

Southeast Hospital's Building Blocks program, operated through the Hospital's Home Care Services, was one of two sites selected to implement the grant-funded program in 2000.

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An additional $160,000 awarded in 2002 to Building Blocks will allow Southeast to expand the prenatal and early childhood nurse home visitation program to serve an additional 50 clients, bringing to 100 the number of individuals enrolled in the program. The federal grant was awarded through Building Blocks of Missouri.

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Visiting nurses from Southeast Home Health will help mothers ...

  • make healthy choices about diet and pregnancy
  • prepare for labor and delivery
  • make the best decisions on feeding the baby
  • making parenting easier with helpful hints
  • learn about baby's growth and development



How is it done?

Weekly visits by a specially-trained registered nurse during the first month and every other week until delivery. Weekly visits follow during the first six weeks after delivery, and every other week until the baby is 21 months. There are monthly visits until the child turns 2.

Who may qualify?

Women with little or no income who are first time mothers and are less than 28 weeks pregnant. Women must live in the following Missouri counties: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Perry, Scott, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard and Pemiscot.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to qualified clients. Call for information: 573-335-1033 or toll-free 1-888-966-5973