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. Parent presence and active collaboration with their hospitalized infant and the health care team, enhances the infant’s neurodevelopment.1

The NFI acknowledges it is critical to continually reflect on the balance of safety and health concerns with known best practices to support optimal outcomes as communities, healthcare systems, hospital professionals, and families with hospitalized infants navigate COVID-19. The substantial benefits of parental participation in the care of their hospitalized infants, including skin-to-skin holding and breastfeeding,2-6 are increasingly considered to outweigh the potential risks of the transmission of COVID-19.

It is the NFI’s position based on the research available, that non-separation of parent-infant dyads and parents’ active participation in infant care are essential to mitigate sequelae for hospitalized infants during these critical periods of development.7-9

Board of Directors
NIDCAP Federation International
August 17, 2020

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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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