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We look after the baby's health, even before birth, with the exhaustive monitoring of mother and child if any problem is detected.

At the Neonatology Department, we look after your child's health from before the birth. We form part of BCNatal, Centre for Materno-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, with sites at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital and Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. 

If any problems are detected during pregnancy, we monitor the mother and the baby throughout gestation and, at the time of the birth, we are prepared to take action. 

We treat around 700 neonates requiring admission into the Neonatal Unit every year, 80% of which are born in the Hospital itself. We also treat babies referred from other hospitals. We offer adapted neonatal transport for transferring the most seriously ill patients.

We have mastered all the techniques of maximum complexity: surgery of all types, ECMO (extracorporeal life-support in the case of respiratory or circulatory failure), hypothermia for birth asphyxia, extra renal dialysis systems (peritoneal dialysis, ultrafiltration), among many other surgical procedures and interventions. 

We are highly experienced in treating extremely preterm infants. We have created the special high immaturity programme for infants born between week 23 and week 28 of pregnancy and weighing between 500 and 1,000 grams.


Prematurity and low birth weight

We have the human and technical resources to treat premature infants, including the most extreme cases born at 23 weeks gestation and weighing only 500 grams.

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Congenital heart disease

We collaborate with Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology to treat congenital heart disease in newborns. We are a paediatric national reference centre for cardiac surgery.

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Diaphragmatic hernia

We have a comprehensive Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) treatment programme that includes care, surgery and follow-up to school age.

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Cardiorespiratory impairment

In serious cases of cardiorespiratory impairment, we use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) systems and ultrafiltration.

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Neonatal Neurology - Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy

We use active hypothermia to treat newborns with moderate to severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy.

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Nervous system malformations

We treat all nervous system malformations.

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We have a specific programme for stroke in newborns.

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Neonatal surgery

We use surgery on all types of malformations. We use minimally invasive surgery in indicated cases.

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Digestive malformations

We treat and intervene in oesophageal and intestinal atresia, omphalocele and gastroschisis, among others, using minimally invasive surgery wherever possible.

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Urinary tract malformations

We treat and operate on hydronephrosis, malformations of the urethral valves and other urinary tract malformations, using minimally invasive surgery wherever possible.

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Craniofacial surgery

We assess newborns with cleft lips and palates and operate if we consider it to be the right time.

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Other specialties

  • Congenital infections.
  • Metabolic and nutritional disorders particular to newborns.
  • Neonatal jaundice.
  • Epidermolysis bullosa.
  • Rare diseases.



  • Neonatal Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology.
  • Care for newborns with Down's syndrome.
  • Monitoring of newborns at risk of impaired psychomotor and neurosensory development.
I became a nurse to work with young children. I was hooked on neonatology.
Anna Palau, nurse of the Neonatology Unit