Guidance Around the COVID-19 Pandemic


The NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) holds as a primary goal the support of parents as the optimal caregivers of their infant. Parental presence, including skin-to-skin holding and breastfeeding, and active collaboration with their hospitalized infant and the health care team, enhances the infant’s neurodevelopment.

Despite increasingly stringent rules for access to hospitalized newborns and infants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFI recognizes that the safety and health of infants, parents and the health care team may require modification of guidelines and policies. Screening for fever and other symptoms of illness now becomes more important than ever before.

The NFI recommends that parental presence, active participation and advocacy continue to be considered a unique aspect of care that shortens the duration of hospitalization and improves other outcomes. The NFI commends the valiant efforts of health care teams around the world in their support and care to infants, their families and one another during these unprecedented times. The NFI sends support, strength and hope as we navigate this challenging pandemic crisis.

Board of Directors
NIDCAP Federation International
March 31, 2020

Nursery Self-Assessment Overview

The Nursery Assessment Manual is the key instrument for a nursery’s evaluation of the quality of their developmental orientation and care implementation. The manual consists of 121 individual scales organized into four categories that characterize a nursery:

  1. Physical Environment of the Hospital and Nursery;
  2. Philosophy and Implementation of Care: Infant;
  3. Philosophy and Implementation of Care: Family; and
  4. Philosophy and Implementation of Care: Professionals and Staff.

After a nursery’s self-evaluation of its strengths and challenges, as determined by a multidisciplinary team of staff and professionals as well as parent council representatives, shared nursery goals are determined and prioritized. This is followed by the development of collaborative work groups, which will develop the resources as required to address the prioritized next steps toward further integration of NIDCAP care.

NIDCAP Trainers are available to support nurseries and mentor their staff in the use of the NIDCAP Nursery Manual and in the development of well integrated NIDCAP nursery care.

Please contact the Director of the NIDCAP Nursery Program for further information, mentorship, referrals and associated fees:

Rodd Hedlund, MEd
Program Director


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