Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Perinatal Services: 3 Tower Antepartum (3TAP), Labor and Delivery (L&D), and Mother-Baby (2E-2W-Nursery)


Perinatal Services: 3 Tower Antepartum (3TAP), Labor and Delivery (L&D), and Mother-Baby (2E-2W-Nursery)

About the Unit

Perinatal Services is composed of 3 distinct areas. 3TAP has 17 beds and is located in the Tower Building on the third floor. L&D has 12 beds, 3 operating rooms and 4 post-anesthesia care beds, and is located in the 1958 Building on the third floor. 2E/2W/Nursery is 20-bed unit with an accompanying nursery, located in the 1958 Building on the second floor. The units are open 24-hours- a-day, 7-days-a-week.


Head Nurse: Awina Nueva, RN-BC (L&D)

Head Nurse: Dora Goodwill, RN (L&D)

Head Nurse: Barbara Annette Rivas, RN-BC (L&D)

Head Nurse: Nancy Eccles, RN-BC (L&D, 3TAP)

Head Nurse: Patricia Folkes, BA, RN (2E/2W/Nursery)

Head Nurse: Muneerah Leach, RN  (2E/2W/Nursery)

Head Nurse: Crystal Walden, MSN, RN (2E/2W/Nursery)

Head Nurse: Diane Rasbury, BSN, RN (2E/2W/Nursery)

Lactation Consultant: Olga Emerson, MS, RNC-OB, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant: Viviana Franyutti, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant: Joann Peck, RN-BC, IBCLC

Case Manager: Pat Evans, RN

Social Worker: Marie Dauphin

There are clinical care technicians each shift who assist with basic patient care. There are unit secretaries on each shift to perform data entry and secretarial duties.

Patient population

Nursing care is provided to all neonates, obstetric patients and female non-obstetrical patients with limited diagnoses.

Patient Care Needs

Antepartum care is rendered to patients who are admitted with obstetrical and/or medical complications. Other services provided to women include antenatal testing, second trimester termination for genetic indications and non-obstetric (gynecologic) surgical nursing care. Maternal transports are accepted. Patients in the perinatal service are provided with fetal monitoring and interpretation and labor assessments. Pharmacological agents utilized include prostiglandins, oxytocics, tocolytics and various analgesic/anesthetic agents for pain management. Interventions and treatments include aminoinfusion, external cephalic versions, labor induction/augmentation and cesarean sections. Active labor patients in second stage labor are managed with a 1:1 patient /nurse ratio. Immediate postoperative patients are provided with continuous cardiopulmonary and pulse oximetry monitoring. Post-operative pain management may be provided in the form of a continuous epidural. Patients in L&D receive 1:1 to 1:3 nursing care depending upon acuity and stages of labor. Patients in the Mother-Baby receive 1:4-1:6 nursing care. Neonates requiring an intermediate level of care are provided with continuous cardio-pulmonary and pulse oximetry monitoring and frequent comprehensive newborn assessments. Pharmacological agents utilized include antibiotics, anticonvulsants, surfactants and bronchodilators. Interventions and treatments include oxygen therapy, short term ventilator support and hyperalimentation.

About Our Nurses

Nursing care is provided by professional registered nurses competent in the care of obstetrical and neonatal patients. Competencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Fetal monitoring interpretation
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • IV certification
  • Labor assessment and management
  • Circulating/scrubbing skills
  • Post-anesthesia care
  • Ante/postpartum assessment
  • Neonatal assessment
  • Pain management
  • Management of epidural catheters
  • Neonatal care
  • Care of breastfeeding mother-baby
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