The best for baby and you

The birth 
of a child

We are the only centre in Catalonia to offer all healthcare procedures relating to pregnancy. Even when the situation calls for highly complex procedures. You will not be separated from your baby under any circumstances. 

We’re with you at every stage

We offer the most cutting-edge technology, the latest knowledge and wide-reaching experience over more than 50 years.

Each pregnant woman is assigned a childbirth team, comprising a midwife, a specialist in obstetrics and a gynaecologist, as well as a resident physician. We favour as natural a birth as possible, with tools such as: a birthing chair, to promote a natural posture harnessing gravity, hydrotherapy and spherodynamics, a technique using a ball to aid dilation during the preparation phase. 

We also promote mobility and intake of food during the whole process. We also prioritise vaginal birth in the case of twins, early caesarean and breach births, where the mother prefers.

Why have your baby with us?

We respect the mother’s preferences. You can see this in our use of late clamping of the umbilical cord, which promotes blood flow, increases nutrients and oxygen and increases baby’s birth weight. We also promote ski-to-skin contact (the kangaroo method) and support for mother in both vaginal births and caesareans.
  • After giving birth, each mother has an individual room. This means you are guaranteed a relaxed, intimate ambiance for you and your family as you welcome your child into the world. 
  • We offer an early voluntary discharge programme. This includes a visit by a midwife to your home to check up on mother and baby, and the rest of the family.

Welcome visit

After 7 months of pregnancy, we invite you to come to a welcome visit to explain your birthing plan, your expectations during childbirth and your wishes as to breastfeeding. It is a great opportunity for you to get to know the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital first-hand. During this session, you will meet the team of midwives and doctors who will take care of you during childbirth and the hospital's programmes to make you feel more comfortable (private rooms, breastfeeding support sessions, early voluntary discharge to foster family reunion).

What do you need to bring?

If you need to come to the Maternity and Children's Hospital, you should bring:

For mother: paper underwear, sanitary towels and breastfeeding bras

For baby: nappies, wet wipes, a comb, clothes, a knitted hat, socks or knitted shoes, a woollen blanket or towel for swaddling.

Bear in mind that it is not possible to pierce the baby's ears at the hospital.

Registering the baby in the Civil Registry

After the birth, and after the first 24 hours, you must go to the Civil Registry Service located on the ground floor of our hospital, in order to formalise registration of the baby in the Civil Registry. To do the paperwork, you will need to indicate the name of the baby and bring the parents’ ID cards and family book. If you wish to register your baby in the Civil Registry in the town where you live, you must pick up the documentation at the Civil Registry Office of the hospital. 

Neonatology Department

The Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital is the only one in Spain accredited by the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We are also the only centre in Catalonia that can offer high-complexity care, without needing to transfer mother or baby to any other centre. 

The Neonatology Department is committed to providing humanised, personalised treatment, and we understand participation of the family as a key part of the process. One highlight is the Germans Project, the first project of its kind in Spain, which is a workshop that prepares the siblings of hospitalised children to adapt to the new situation.

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Banc de llet materna

There is a breast milk bank where you can donate milk if you have just become a mother and are breastfeeding. Of course, this is only possible if you have enough milk and there are no medical reasons why you should not donate. By donating breast milk, you can help premature and underweight babies (between 800 and 1,500 grams) who cannot be breastfed by their own mothers. The breast milk bank guarantees that selection, drawing, acceptance and processing of milk is done effectively and safely.

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