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MARE programme

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital follows the MARE programme, a model that respects maternity and distinguishes us in obstetric, pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. 

MARE programme

Ten reasons for your baby to be born at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

1. Welcome and information session for all pregnant women

We hold an information session with audiovisual support to inform pregnant women and their companions about our way of working, as well as the hospital facilities, the professionals involved, the standard pathways, etc. The session is conducted by a midwife who explains the entire process. If a disease has been diagnosed in the fetus, the pregnant woman meets with the neonatologist and is introduced to both the unit and the team of professionals who will treat the newborn after birth.

The informative sessions are on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm. Places are limited. Reserve your place by calling 93 378 26 00.

2. Protocols and medical history shared with the primary care centre

Follow-up of pregnancy is coordinated with primary care centres (CAPs) and the same protocols are used. In addition, the tests that you undergo can be discussed at both the hospital and your CAP. At the time of hospital discharge, low-risk patients are referred to the CAP for postpartum monitoring of the mother and the newborn.

3. Accompaniment of the pregnant woman

During pregnancy monitoring, you may be accompanied by the person of your choice on both outpatient visits and visits to the ultrasound department. You may also be accompanied on emergency visits, in the dilatation period and in birth. Even if you have a Caesarean birth, your companion may be present. If for any reason the team of professionals does not feel that your companion's presence is appropriate, it will explain this in advance.

4. Modern and welcoming rooms for dilatation and birth

We have modern and welcoming rooms for dilatation and birth, with no need to change rooms. They are all equipped with telemetry, which promotes mobility. Accessory materials such as balls, mirrors, music and showers can also be used.

The newborn remains with the mother at all times, and we promote mother/baby contact, skin to skin, immediately after birth. If the mother and father authorise it, the hospital collects umbilical cord blood, which is stored in the public tissue bank. This donation poses no risk to the mother or the newborn, and may contribute to the healing of children and adults who suffer from serious diseases.

5. Leading neonatology department

The hospital has a leading Neonatology Department, which applies the most advanced technologies, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and is specialised in the treatment of high-complexity diseases, such as extreme prematurity, heart diseases and other more prevalent diseases. Our neonatologists are available 24 hours a day, both in the delivery room and in hospitalisation.

6. Individual rooms

Of our hospitalisation rooms, 98% are for individual use and have recently been remodelled. They have a sofa bed for a companion and an adapted bathroom.

7. Special area for newborn care

The hospital's philosophy is to keep the newborn close to the mother at all times. For this reason, we have adapted our new rooms with an area specially prepared to provide newborn care.

8. Hospital open 24 hours a day to families

At the hospital we do not limit visits to a few specific time slots, so you may receive a visit whenever you wish. We are open 24 hours a day, both in hospitalisation and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in order to promote contact between parents and newborns at all times.

9. Leading healthcare team

A highly qualified healthcare team cares for you at all times. In addition, if necessary, the newborn is cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which has first-class facilities and cutting-edge therapies. The hospital is also a referral centre for several fetal diseases. 

10. Natural birth assistance without risk

All low-risk pregnant women who desire it may have natural birth assistance. The protocol is presented to the pregnant woman at the primary care centre. She then meets with the midwife in a personalised initial visit at the hospital to agree to the entire process up to birth.

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is your hospital

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