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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Kathryn Barnard, Pioneer for Babies, Dies at 77

A very special nurse scholar, mentor and highly respected friend Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard has died — peacefully. She has been known as the mother of maternal child nursing and left a legacy in the field of infant mental health. As an internationally known nurse theorist Kathryn knew very early on the importance of environment in supporting the developing parent infant relationship. Thank you Kathryn for your leadership, scientific exploration and generosity in sharing with others.
-gretchen Lawhon, PhD, RN, CBC, FAAN
President, NFI

Here obituary can be read here:…/uw-nursing-prof-kathryn-bar…/…

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