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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Directory of NIDCAP Training Centers

United States

National NIDCAP Training Center

Established 1982
Director: Heidelise Als, PhD
Contact: Sandra M. Kosta
Neurobehavioral Infant and Child Studies
Mail Stop BCH 3091
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-8249

Sooner NIDCAP Training Center (Inactive)

Established 1986
Director: Andrea Willeitner, MD
Oklahoma Infant Transition Program
Sooner NIDCAP Training Center
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Garrison Tower, Suite 1140
940 NE 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

West Coast NIDCAP and APIB Training Center at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Established 2008, first established Oakland, CA 1987
Director and Contact: Deborah Buehler, PhD
University of California San Francisco
Division of Neonatology, Floor 5, Box 0734
550 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94143

Carolina NIDCAP Training Center

Established 1989
Director and Contact: James M. Helm, PhD
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
3024 New Bern Avenue, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27610
Phone: 919-280-6390
E-mail: or

Children’s Hospital of University of Illinois (CHUI) NIDCAP Training Center

Established 2006
Co-Directors: Doreen Norris-Stojak MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC & Jean Powlesland, RN, MS
Contact: Jean Powlesland, RN, MS
Newborn Intensive Care Unit, M/C 501
Children’s Hospital of University of Illinois
1740 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-1747
Fax: 312-996-2328

NIDCAP Cincinnati

Established 2007
Director: Michelle Shinkle, MSN, RN
Contact: Linda Lacina, MSN, RN
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Phone: 513-636-7434

St. Joseph’s Hospital NIDCAP Training Center

Established 2012
Co-Directors: Bonni Moyer, MSPT and Marla Wood, RN, MEd
Contact: Windy Crow
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
350 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: 602-406-6930
Fax: 602-406-1049


Edmonton NIDCAP Training Centre Canada

Established 2017
Co-Directors: Andrea Nykipilo, RN and Juzer Tyebkhan, MB
Contact: Juzer Tyebkhan, MB
NIDCAP Edmonton
Stollery Children’s Hospital
Royal Alexandra Site, NICU
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Phone: 780-613-5033
Fax: 780-735-6875


Karolinska NIDCAP Training and Research Center, Sweden

Established 1999
Director: Stina Klemming, MD
Co-Director: Bjorn Westrup, MD, PhD

Contact: Ann-Sofi Ingman, RN, BSN
Neonatal Unit
Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital at Karolinska University Hospital
SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46-8-5177 9426
Fax: +46-8-5177 3095

French NIDCAP Center, Brest

Established 2004
Director: Jean-Michel Roué, MD, PhD
Contact: Nathalie Ratynski, MD
Pole de la Femme, de la Mère et de l’Enfant
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire MORVAN
29609 Brest Cedex, France
Phone: +33 298 22 36 66
Fax: +33 298 22 39 86

Sophia NIDCAP & APIB Training Center

Established 2005
Director: Nikk Conneman, MD
Co-Director and Contact: Monique Oude Reimer, RN
ErasmusMC-Sophia, Childrens Hospital
Dr. Molenwaterplein 60
Room Sb 2607
P.O. Box 2060
3000 CB Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31104637181
Fax: +31104636542


Established 2016, first established as UK NIDCAP Training Centre at St. Mary’s, 2006
Director: Neil Marlow, DM FMedSci
Contact: Gillian Kennedy, MSc, OBE
Speech and Language Therapy
3rd Floor East, 250 Euston Road
London, UK NW1 2PQ
Voice:  00 44 (0)203 456 7890 ext 74674

The Brussels NIDCAP Training Center

Established 2007
Director: Inge Van Herreweghe, MD
Co-Director: Marie Tackoen, MD
Contact: Delphine Druart, RN
Department of Neonatology
Saint-Pierre University Hospital
Rue Haute, 322
B 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Voice: +32 2 5354226
Fax: +32 5354563

NIDCAP Norway, Aalesund Training Center

Established 2011
Director: Lutz Nietsch, MD
Contact: Liv Ellen Helseth, RN or Unni Tomren, RN
Department of Neonatology
Aalesund Hospital
Helse More og Romsdal HF
6026 Aalesund, Norway
Voice: +47 70167649
Fax: +47 70167654

Barcelona NIDCAP Training Center: Vall d’Hebron and Dr Josep Trueta Hospitals

Established 2011
Director and Contact: Josep Perapoch, MD, PhD
Barcelona-Vall d’Hebron NIDCAP Training Center
Department of Neonatology
Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron
Passeig Vall d’Hebron 119-129
08035 Barcelona, Spain
Voice: +34 972940200 Ext 2292

Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre NIDCAP Training Center, Spain

Established 2011
Director: Carmen Martinez de Pancorbo, MD
Contact: María López Maestro, MD
Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre NIDCAP Training Center
Department of Neonatology
Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre
Av de Andalucía sn.
28041 Madrid Spain
Phone: +34 913908272/0034682157072
Fax: +34 913908272
E-mail: or

Italian Modena NIDCAP Training Center

Established 2013
Director: Fabrizio Ferrari, MD
Contact: Natascia Bertoncelli, PT
Department of NICU and Neonatology
Italian Modena NIDCAP Training Centre
Azienda Ospedaliera Policlinico
Via del Pozzo, 71
41124 Modena, Italy
Phone: +39 059 4222522
Fax: +39 059 4223770

Danish NIDCAP Training and Development Center

Established 2015
Director: Tine Brink Henriksen Professor, Consultalt, PhD

Co-Director: Majken Grund Nielsen, RN
Contact: Eva Jörgensen, RN, NIDCAP Trainer
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Aarhus University Hospital
Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99
8200 Aarhus N

São João NIDCAP Training Center, Portugal

Established 2015
Director: Hercília Guimarães, MD, PhD
Co-Director: Fátima Clemente, MD,
Contact: Fátima Clemente, MD or Madalena Ramos ,RN
Department of Neonatology
Pediatric Hospital at São João Hospital
Alameda Professor Hernâni Monteiro
4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Phone: + 351 225512100 – ext 1949

NIDCAP Germany, Training Center Tübingen

Established 2015
Director: Christian Poets, MD, PhD
Contact: Natalie Wetzel, RN

Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin
Tübingen, Germany
Phone: +49 7071 29-84742

French NIDCAP Center, Toulouse

Established 2017
Director: Charlotte Casper, MD, PhD
Co-Director: Sandra Lescure, MD
Contacts: Sandra Lescure, MD or Céline Prout, RN
Hôpital des Enfants
330 avenue de Grande-Bretagne
TSA 70034
31059 Toulouse Cedex9
Phone: +33 567 77 13 42
Email: or

Rimini NIDCAP Training Center

Director and Contact: Gina Ancora, MD
Co-Director: Natascia Simeone, RN
AUSL Romagna, Infermi Hospital
Rimini, Italy

Middle East

Israel NIDCAP Training Center

Director: Ita Litmanovitz, MD
Co-Director and Contact: Dalia Silberstein, RN, PhD
NICU, Meir Medical Center
Tchernichovski St. 59
Kfar Saba 44281, Israel
Phone: +972 97472849

South America

Centro Latinoamericano NIDCAP

Established 2005
Director and Contact: Graciela Basso, MD, PhD
Av. Coronel Diaz 2277
Piso 23, Departamento F
CP 1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (005411) 4824-5385 or (005411) 4826-1717
Email: or


Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre

Established in 2017
Alison Loughran-Fowlds MBBS, DCH, FRACP, PhD and Kaye Spence AM, RN, MN
Contact: Nadine Griffiths
Locked Bag 4001
Westmead NSW 2145 Australia
Phone:  +61 29845 0225

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