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SJD Barcelona Children´s Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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”Madre con bebé en box del Servicio de Neonatología del Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona

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 600 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.

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Extensive experience in neonatal care

BCNatal es el centro que atiende más prematuros extremos cada año en Cataluña.

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The best setting for preterm infants and their parents

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

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Family-centred care model

The care of our babies is individualized and focused on development and the family

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Indicators

600

Newborns cared per year

150

Pre-terms <32 weeks cared per year

134

Scientific publications between 2015 and 2020

A neonatal ICU to facilitate the family's involvement in child care and to manage complex cases

In 2021, the Neonatology Service started up an area that is four times larger than the previous one, with more beds, offering families a space that is conducive to the presence of the parents and their involvement in the care of their child.

Scientific evidence has shown that having these type of spaces promotes the well-being of pre-term babies and also reduces hospital-acquired infections.

The space is also equipped with cutting-edge technology to cater for the most complex situations: it has three boxes that can be turned into operating rooms, two beds fitted with ECMO and up to four levels of patient monitoring. 

Neonatal ICU of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Neonatal ICU of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMYHzMoyK6A

Specialities and services

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, extrarenal dialysis systems (peritoneal dialysis, ultrafiltration), among many other surgical procedures and interventions. 

Pathologies we treat

Prematurity and low birth weight
Congenital heart disease
Cardiorespiratory impairment
Neonatal Neurology - Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy
Nervous system malformations
Stroke
Digestive malformations
Urinary tract malformations
Congenital infections
Metabolic and nutritional disorders particular to newborns
Neonatal jaundice
Epidermolysis bullosa
Rare diseases

Treatments we offer

Neonatal surgery
Craniofacial surgery
Neonatal Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology
Care for newborns with Down's syndrome
Monitoring of newborns at risk of impaired psychomotor and neurosensory development

Our professionals

“We care for newborn babies to give them the best future possible”

Thais Agut Quijano
Neonatologist
Carla Balcells Esponera
Neonatologist
Marta Camprubí Camprubí
Neonatologist
Cristina Carrasco Carrasco
Neonatologist
Jordi Clotet Caba
Neonatologist
Marta Gavaldà Vinzia
Social worker
Margarita Ibañez Fanes
Child and adolescent psychologist
Isabel Iglesias Platas
Neonatologist

Early care technicians: 

  • Engracia Cazorla Sánchez
  • Montserrat Formaguera Martí

Social worker:   

  • Marta Gavaldà Vinzia

Department secretaries:

  • Mª José Coll Lobarte 
  • Lidia Reyes Jiménez

Research

Our research is being conducted at the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD). You can check out the specific information about our group on the Neonatology Research page. Among our lines of investigation are the following: 

  • Prematurity, nutrition, care and developmental environment.
  • The neonatal brain (stroke and neonatal asphyxia).
  • Neonatal resuscitation and critical care (CDH).
  • Research group studying rare genetically based neurological diseases in children.
  • Research group studying adulthood diseases that originated in the womb or the first years of life.

Transfer actions

Clinical Practice Guideline on Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy in Newborns 35 Gestational Weeks or Older (in Spanish). Collaboration between the Sant Joan de Déu Foundation and the Catalan Agency for Health Information Assessment and Quality (AIAQS). This clinical practice guideline is part of the quality plan of the NHS of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.

Guideline for parents of newborns with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy (in Spanish).

Teaching

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona, and so we share our knowledge and train professionals to specialise in high-complexity medicine.

Master's in Neonatology

In cooperation with the University of Barcelona, we organise the study of Pathophysiology in the neonatal period in order to provide training in the field of Neonatology, which is different from paediatric training. In addition, this line of study aims at promoting research in this important stage of life.

  • Duration: 2 courses
  • Supervisor and coordinator: Dr Martín Iriondo Sanz, Dr Oscar García Algar
  • Accreditation: 128 ECTS credits

Simulation group for newborn critical care

We provide in-house training to all professionals in the Neonatology Department at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital. By simulating critical care situations in the NICU, the goal is to improve the management and dynamics of teamwork. Neonatologists, nurses and nursing assistants all participate.

  • Courses: Nine courses a year 
  • Management: Dr. Martín Iriondo Sanz and Ms. Mª José Troyano Martos
  • Instructors: Dr. Mar Reyne Vergeli (medical coordinator) and Ms. Sonia Ehrenberg Archs (nursing coordinator), Dr. Cristina Carrasco Carrasco, Ms. Carmen Cumplido Castillo, Dr. África Pertierra Cortada.