Labor and Delivery

The Labor and Delivery Unit at University Medical Center is a 15-suite unit which includes 3 high-risk labor rooms and 2 state-of-art Operating Suites.  L&D offers a comfortable and technologically advanced healthcare setting where memorable birth experiences occur more than 4,000 times each year.  Our highly skilled Attending Physicians, Resident Physicians, Certified Nurse Midwives and Labor and Delivery Nurses care for and manage a wide range of obstetrical issues from antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum, to high-risk patients with maternal medical complications.


Deborah Jill Eganhouse PhD, NE-BC, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Interim Director, Women's Services

Lorena E. Cuellar, BSN, RNC-OB
Interim Nurse Manager Labor and Delivery

Patricia Riddick, BSN, RNC-OB
Interim Assistant Manager Labor and Delivery

Leticia "Letty" Cota RNC-C-FM

Letty has been working for the UMC Labor and Delivery Unit for the past 26 years and is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics as well as in Fetal Monitoring. She is one of the favorite preceptors for the 8th semester nursing students and new staff nurses.

"I have been a nurse for many years and one thing hasn't changed – the joy in the birth of each new baby," she says.

Maria Delgado RN, BSN, IBCLC

Maria has been with UMC for 31 years. Wow, what a wealth of knowledge! She's worked in several different units throughout this time, including Pediatrics/Orthopedics, Mother Baby, and Labor and Delivery. She is currently in L and D where she likes the fast pace.

Maria has been certified as a Lactation Consultant for 10 years and plans to maintain her IBCLC certification and be certified in Fetal Monitoring.

When asked how she got into nursing to begin with, she replied that she followed in her sister's footsteps. They went to nursing school together and the rest is history as they say. Congratulations on 31 years, Maria!

Luisa Payan, RN

Luisa graduated from UTEP with a BSN in 2005. She was very excited to become a part of the UMC team and to start working in the Labor and Delivery Unit. "I love my job; the past five years have flown by," she notes. She enjoys working with her co-workers, the residents, and she loves interacting with her patients.

Luisa is passionate about women's health and is currently pursuing a degree in Midwifery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is excited to continue her education to provide a higher level of care and to be part of the patient's care throughout the whole pregnancy. She points out, "Nursing is a wonderful opportunity to impact someone's life in a caring and positive manner."

Currently, she is a Subject Matter Expert on the Cerner Resource Team and is working on the CPOE and IPOC projects for Cerner's 2nd phase. Also, she is very excited about the labor and delivery unit moving to the new Women's Pavilion that will be housed in the El Paso Children's Hospital.

Maria Perez, RN

Maria Perez is a new RN in Labor and Delivery, joining our team in 2010, but she is not new to UMC. She was a certified nursing assistant from 1998 to 2002 in L and D. Later she became the unit clerk for the Mother Baby Unit from 2002 to 2009. When asked if she'd always wanted to be a nurse, she replied, "I got married and had kids first, and then I decided to go back to school."

She was part of a special medical class in high school and since then and she remembers she always wanted to become a nurse. Maria explained "I liked the continuum of care that they provide in the L and D. In this unit you only have a few patients, which enables them to go through the stages of labor and the nurse gets to really know the patients." She says the delivery is such a wonderful moment and that she gets to share the excitement with the family. Maria wants to get a good foundation in Labor and Delivery, and then she plans to become a Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner.