At the Foetal Medicine Unit of Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, we offer highly specialised care for the treatment of various diseases, for both high-risk mothers and foetuses. Our extensive experience makes us a reference centre in Catalonia, Spain and neighbouring countries. Since 2015, we are the only centre in Spain that is able to offer all intrauterine surgery possibilities.
At our Unit, we use the most advanced technology, so we can offer highly sophisticated examinations and treatments both for the foetus, which becomes a patient before birth, and the mother, who presents very high risk problems, for herself and for the foetus or baby.
Quality, personalised care during gestation requires different highly specialised units that help in possible complications of the mother and the foetus. For mothers, we have an Intensive Care Medicine and Intermediate Obstetric Care Department; for babies, we offer families the most advanced procedures and technology in diagnosis, management and intrauterine neonatal treatments.
Some of the diseases we deal with are:
- Prevention of premature labour with a cervical pessary, a silicone ring that is placed in the cervix and guarantees in almost 100% of cases that the 37 week minimum gestation is respected
- Placental insufficiency and growth restriction
- Maternal infections and how these affect the foetus, malformations, infections, foetal transfusions, complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies with twins.
- We are also pioneers in diagnosis and treatments, such as foetal surgery, especially in cases of foeto-foetal transfusion between monochorionic twins, as well as high risk ultrasounds and prenatal invasive and non-invasive diagnosis.
The Department set up the Maternal and Foetal Medicine Research Group, recognised by both Catalan and Spanish research agencies, which works at the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute and promotes basic and applied research, and the host laboratories at Vall d'Hebron.
The Maternal and Foetal Medicine Research Group is part of the Division of Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Genetics, and is made up of a network of interdisciplinary researchers in basic and clinical sciences with a shared focus of interest.
Our state-level centre enjoys European recognition for the training of EBCOG residents EBCOG (European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and the EAPM (European Association of Perinatal Medicine). We are also the first centre accredited for the training of Fellows2 in gynaecological oncology and breast pathologies by the ESGO (European Society of Gynaecological Oncology).
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.