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

James Helm, PhD Receives the Health Care Hero Award

James Helm, PhD, NFI Vice President of Administration, Director of the Carolina NIDCAP Training Center and Infant-Family Specialist at WakeMed, was the recipient of the Health Care Hero Awards for his outstanding work at WakeMed where he promotes the NIDCAP approach. Bryan Hamilton, publisher of Triangle Business Journal  states, “Whether serving those in need or working on breakthrough innovations in health care, these honorees are changing people’s lives. We thank each of our honorees for their years of hard work and passion to make a difference.”

The NFI congratulates Jim on his achievement.  To read more about Jim and the recognition of his work please view the articles in either the Triangle Business Journal or WakeMed Voices.

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