The Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine Department is a highly qualified department where we have the most advanced technologies to carry out explorations and treatments on the foetus and mothers with very high risk problems. This is why we consider the foetus a patient. We act as a single, cohesive unit with professionals in the field of emergencies, deliveries and postpartum care. We also offer comprehensive care for women who want to be mothers, especially in preserving fertility in cancer patients.
At the Obstetrics Department, our goal is to adapt to the needs and wishes of the families we treat. For example, we practise delayed clamping of the umbilical cord after birth with all our births, and we promote skin-to-skin contact. When it comes to the moment of childbirth, our mothers can use delivery chairs, hydrotherapy and work with stability balls. Staying mobile and even being able to eat throughout the process are all resources that we promote. In deliveries of twins, in cases of previous caesarean sections and in new-born infants, we prioritise vaginal delivery, if the mother so wishes.
Of course, the mother can be accompanied both in vaginal births and during caesarean sections. We also offer an early voluntary programme that includes a midwife home visit to keep track of mother, baby and the family. Early discharge can be offered to women who have had an uncomplicated delivery, thanks to collaboration with primary care centres.
Personalised care is guaranteed thanks to the fact that the Emergency, Delivery and Postpartum departments all work as a single unit. This means all our staff work towards common goals. Each mother is assigned a childcare team, comprising a midwife, a specialist in obstetrics and a gynaecologist, as well as a resident physician.
Prenatal care is essential. Since 2013, we have offered foetal intrauterine therapy in severe cases that require intrauterine surgery. We are the only centre in Spain able to offer all these options.
The reproductive medicine department offers the technology and infrastructure required to treat problems related to human reproduction.
For all these reasons, our Department is considered a level three, highly qualified centre. This means we can treat a high number of high-risk patients from all over Catalonia and the rest of Spain as well as from other countries.
Vall d'Hebron Hospital is one of the hospitals accredited by the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (the only one in Spain), both for quality of care and for our teaching and research quality.
Portfolio of services
- General dispensaries
- Pathology in the first half of pregnancy
- Maternal medicine
- Foetal medicine
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Postpartum care
- Emergency ward and birthing rooms
Endocrinology and Reproduction
We organise continued training and doctorate studies, and offer level one to four in ultrasounds as defined by the Spanish Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (SEGO). We have established an agreement with the University of Leuven (Brussels), the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Corrientes (Argentina), the University of Caracas (Venezuela) and the University of Porto (Portugal). We also act as advisors for different health ministries from various countries.
We pursue several lines of research, many of which are in collaboration with other centres, national and foreign, and we are members of research networks, such as the Retic network.
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.
Dr. Elena Carreras, medical coordinator of the Obstetrics and Reproductive Endocrinology Department, explains how the appearance of the ultrasound revolutionised the work of staff and how new intrauterine foetal therapy techniques will mark the future of the Department.
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.
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
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.