Medical and Surgical Department of the Fetus-Newborn-Infant


Pietro Bagolan

The Medical and Surgical Department of the Fetus-Newborn-Infant is based on an innovative and super-specialized care method combining medical, surgical, cardiological and obstetric expertise. The main goal is a “family centered care” approach in terms of communication and clinical activity: the different teams of the Department take care of the whole family, involving the parents in clinical choices, helping them in the most delicate and stressful phases with psychological support, instructing them on the care the child will need at home, as well as on the challenges they may face once they go back to everyday life. The Department is characterized by a significant scientific activity, that is a source of continuous improvement of quality, knowledge, and clinical pathways.

The Department operates in an articulated and coordinated manner, in order to allow the different professionals to support the family: specialized nurses, neonatologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, infectivologists, cardiologists, psychologists, physiotherapists, immunologists, and cardiac surgeons. These professionals allow us to assist the new lives, from the intrauterine phase to the follow-up (periodic check-ups), also involving, over time, the developmental age pediatricians of the University-Hospital Pediatric Department and of Specialized Pediatrics.

The Operating Units are located in the three Rome facilities of the Hospital – Gianicolo, San Paolo and Baldelli. The Department is ideally divided into two sectors corresponding to the life stages of the newborn, following their care pathway: the first sector is dedicated to fetal and perinatal diagnosis, while the second one performs medical, surgical, post-surgical and care activities. The Operating Units of the fetal and perinatal sector focus on the diagnosis and on the design of the treatment pathway of each child, also through remote follow-up, including the relationship with local pediatricians and with the operators of the local health authorities.

The Operating Units in the neonatal, medical, and surgical sectors, with their 51 beds, perform all the surgical and care activities needed by a newborn affected by a disease, from surgery to breastfeeding. The areas of high specialization ensure the optimal management of the newborns affected by complex diseases.

“The dream of Bambino Gesù Hospital,
the dream of the Pope, is to help bring
science and humanity to all children with
very severe diseases who need to be treated”
Pope Francis