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Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics: Safe and Dignfied Childbirth

To offer safe and respectful treatment in childbirth at BCNatal – SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital we continuously innovate by applying advances and developments in new technology and models to achieve both the best experience of motherhood and the highest levels of safety.

  • Our model of care for pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period mandates respectful, humanized care, based on the best scientific evidence and quality standards.
  • Our highly specialized professionals and continuous fetal wellbeing surveillance systems offer the highest safety and the best experience
  • We have a specialized care programme, MARE (MAternidad REspetada — respect for maternity) at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital to ensure a minimally medicalized, respectful and physiological childbirth.
  • Our mothers receive a personalized birth plan incorporating their preferences and needs.
  • We offer families informational sessions to learn about the centre and all aspects of childbirth.
  • We investigate how to improve patient experience, with the mother and her family forming our mission and objective:
    • Through research both qualitative (using focus groups of women, birth partners and professionals) and quantitative (using satisfaction and evaluation questionnaires) we identify the strengths and opportunities for improvement which we then prioritize and work on in multidisciplinary teams.
    • We monitor indicators of care and experience regularly through our quality dashboard.

MARE programme

MARE Programme: Ten reasons for your baby to be born at SJD

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.

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, during the dilatation period, and in birth. Even if you have a Caesarean birth, your companion may be present. If in a vital emergency situation 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. 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 authorize 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 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. The protocol is presented at the primary care center and a visit is made to the hospital with the midwife to agree on the entire process until birth and share the delivery plan.

SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is your hospital