Although the NIDCAP approach seems obvious and intuitive, achieving it on a day-to-day basis in the NICU can be challenging. It requires that physicians and nurses acquire specific skills and knowledge, and that we re-evaluate our attitudes and beliefs about our relationships with the newborn and its family. The NIDCAP approach is not generally taught in our nursing and medical schools or hospital nurseries. This is why the work of the NIDCAP Federation International is so important. It’s my hope as both a pediatrician and a father of a NICU graduate that the NIDCAP approach will become the standard of care for neonatal services throughout the country and the world. The smallest and most fragile members of our communities deserve no less.

Lee M. Pachter

Developmental Observer

Professional Memberships

Professional Membership in the NIDCAP Federation International

Professionals who are NIDCAP certified, or in the process of NIDCAP certification, and those who are closely associated with NIDCAP work may become members of the NFI.

Professionals may either apply or be nominated for membership to the NFI.

Professionals who are NIDCAP Certified may apply for membership.

  • Professionals who have completed the Advanced Practicum:
    Please complete the Professional Membership Application Form and attach a Letter of Sponsorship written by your NIDCAP Trainer or NIDCAP Training Center Director.
  • Professionals who received certification before the Advanced Practicum:
    To be eligible you must be involved in developmentally supportive NICU work. Please complete the Professional Membership Application Form and attach a Letter of Sponsorship written by a NIDCAP Trainer or NIDCAP Training Center Director. This letter must confirm your developmentally supportive practices.

Professionals who are supportive of the NFI’s mission and closely associated with NIDCAP work may be nominated for membership.

NIDCAP Student Memberships

Professionals who are in the process of receiving NIDCAP training may apply for student membership.

All applicants, professional, nominee and student, will be reviewed by the NFI Board of Directors prior to acceptance as a member of the organization.

Professional Membership Benefits

  • Enjoy the full support of the NFI
  • Receive an NFI pin
  • Have access to the “Members Page” on the NFI web site
  • May be included on the NFI Member listserv
  • May be listed in the NFI Certified NIDCAP Professionals List on the NFI website
  • Receive NFI publications
  • May attend the Annual NFI Membership Meeting
  • Vote on NFI matters
  • May serve on the NFI Board of Directors

NIDCAP Student Membership Benefits

  • Enjoy the full support of the NFI
  • Receive an NFI pin
  • Have access to the “Members Page” on the NFI web site
  • May be included on the NFI Member listserv
  • May be listed in the NFI Certified NIDCAP Professionals List on the NFI website
  • Receive NFI publications
  • May attend the Annual NFI Membership Meeting

Application Forms

Please mail your Application Form and Letter of Sponsorship to:

NFI Membership Office
6300 Creedmoor Road, Suite 170-127
Raleigh, NC 27612 USA

Or email Jim Helm, Chair, NFI Governance Committee at: nfimembership@nidcap.org

Once the NFI Board of Directors has approved your application, you will receive an Acceptance Letter and an invoice for your dues. Annual dues cover the period from October 1st through September 30th of each year. After your initial invoice, you will receive invoices to renew your membership annually.

Annual Membership Dues

Professional Members: $115
NIDCAP Student Members: $40

Please either pay your fee through PayPal by clicking the button below, or include a check or money order with your invoice.

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