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

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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