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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Children’s Hospital in Toulouse France Celebrates 10 Years of NIDCAP

The NFI is proud to report that Children’s Hospital in Toulouse France has been using the NIDCAP approach to care for ten years.  Members of the Toulouse NIDCAP team, Isabelle Glorieux, MD, Sandra Lescure, MD, and Céline Prout, RN report that they celebrated their NIDCAP accomplishments with many activities in November 2015.

The Toulouse NIDCAP team created several different posters that explained NIDCAP, described the story of NIDCAP in Toulouse, showed the spread of NIDCAP throughout the world, and explained the development of the premature baby and newborn into childhood. They also displayed the scientific evidence of the impact of stress on the family. In addition they produced a slideshow of photographs and testimonials from parents.

For World Prematurity Day, on November 17th, the local parents’ association “SOS-Prema”, organized a meeting around the theme of NIDCAP, in the exhibition area of the hospital.

In addition, they hosted some celebratory luncheons for those who have been involved in the “birth and growth” of their NIDCAP project since its start.

The NFI congratulates them on their 10 years of NIDCAP achievements.

Click here for photos of the event…
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