Maternal/Infant/Child Services

The Maternal/Infant/Child Services division at University Medical Center of El Paso has developed a program based on Mother/Baby Couplet Care, which places an emphasis on a mother and baby being cared for together by the same physicians, nurses and medical staff.  The model focuses on babies remaining with their mother in order to provide the best postpartum environment by preparing mothers to go home with their new baby.  University Medical Center of El Paso is also focused on providing Baby Friendly Care.

The family-centered philosophy forms the cornerstone for maternity care.  This philosophy emphasizes a strong education foundation, where parents and Associates collaborate in the decision-making process.  The philosophy also centers on breast feeding for babies.  Evidence-based education is woven into all aspects of preconception, prenatal, and postpartum services.  The Well Baby Nursery is provided for transitional care where state regulatory requirements such as hearing screening and stabilization care take place.  The Associates at University Medical of El Paso follow the care concept unless otherwise clinically indicated.  If the baby requires additional medical care, the baby is cared for in the Specialty Care Nurseries.


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

Leticia Gutierrez, BSN, RN
Nurse Manager

Cecilia Velasquez, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager

Sandra Gomez, BSN, RN

I have been a nurse for 23 years.  I have worked in UMC’s Mother/Baby Unit the entire time.  I very much enjoy the nurse-patient relationship we develop with our new mothers, but my joy is working with the babies in the Well Baby Nursery.  The handling of new life truly makes each work day feel like a new beginning.

Loretta Manriquez, RN, IBCLC, RLC

I’ve been at UMC for 2 years.  I enjoy working at the medical center because I have a passion for what I do.  I get to support women with their decision to breastfeed.  I believe I make a positive difference in the lives of these families and I am grateful that UMC has given me that opportunity.

Parbatee Jokhu, BSN, RN

I’ve worked at UMC for 13 years.  I enjoy working here because UMC never seems to stop growing.  For 13 years I have been offering my services as an OB/GYN RN with a sense of satisfaction for this diverse community. I feel I am part of a huge growing family.

Morayma Rios, RNC, IBCLC

I’ve worked at UMC for 5 years.  The friendliness and peer cooperation make the work enjoyable.  Everyone works with a smile.

Anna Serna, BSN, RN

I’m proud to say that I’ve worked at UMC for 20 years.  It’s been a very rewarding career.  I feel I make a difference in the care I provide to my patients.

Melissa Lagunas, BSN, RN

I have been a nurse for 8 years with the last 3 here at UMC. My experience is NICU, Mother-Baby, Pediatrics and Well Baby Nursery. I feel the care that I give affects the life of all my patients, and through this, I feel the true reward and satisfaction of being a nurse.

Kathy Hernandez, RN, CCM

I have worked at UMC for 18 years.  I have found my job to be both challenging and rewarding. I would not work anywhere else.