Couples and newborns

Hospices Civils de Lyon performs half of all deliveries in the Greater Lyon area and provides pregnancy follow-up and delivery care for patients in three maternity hospitals ideally distributed in the Lyon region.

As centres of excellence, Hospices Civils de Lyon maternity hospitals offer all the comfort of modern maternity hospitals (new or recently refurbished premises) and cutting-edge medical expertise, to guide you through your pregnancy with total peace of mind.

Our maternity hospitals provide end-to-end follow-up from prenatal screening to preparation for birth, as well as medical monitoring, support for parents, preparation for Baby's arrival and care and delivery.

Our teams are experienced and, each year, provide support in the birth of almost 10,800 babies.

Maternity hospital excellence

In France, maternity hospitals are ranked according to different levels, owing to the presence of a neonatal care or neonatal intensive care unit, or lack thereof. The three Hospices Civils de Lyon maternity hospitals have top ratings:

Maternity units at Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse and Hôpital Femme Mère Enfant: type III (highest level), they are equipped with a maternal intensive care unit and a neonatal intensive care unit capable of providing care for very premature infants of less than 32 weeks, or those requiring neonatal intensive care.

Maternity unit at Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud: this type IIB unit has a neonatal intensive care unit capable of providing care for premature infants of over 30 weeks, as well as a maternal intensive care unit.

Medically-assisted reproduction

An option is available to couples experiencing infertility issues: medically-assisted reproduction (MAR), following tests on each member of the couple. HCL offers this treatment in the department of reproductive medicine at Hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant (HFME).

Nowadays, the proportion of births due to medically-assisted reproduction (MAR) is no longer negligible, since they represent more than 2% of the total number of births in France.

Also, MAR is no longer limited to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or artificial insemination, with a known or anonymous donor. Since Louise Brown, born after IVF in 1978, and Amandine, the first French "test-tube baby" in 1982, further more sensitive innovative technologies have been developed.