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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New NIDCAP Training Center Established in Tuebingen, Germany

“It fills me with special pride to announce the opening of the Tübingen NIDCAP Training Center, ‘NIDCAP Germany, NIDCAP Training Center Tübingen’, which occurred with a festive celebration on World Prematurity Day, 17 November 2015,” reported Heidelise Als, PhD, the center’s Senior NIDCAP Master Trainer. The NIDCAP Training Center nursery is at the Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin (University Childrens Hospital Tuebingen). The Center’s Director is Professor Christian Poets, MD PhD; the first German NIDCAP Trainer is Natalie Broghammer, RN; her colleague Birgit Holzhüter, MD who is currently in training will be the Center’s second Trainer. The nursery at the Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin is supported also by strong nurse leadership under the direction of Martina Schürg, Dipl.-Pflegewirtin (FH). There are currently five NIDCAP Professionals and four more in training.

Heidelise Als and Natalie Broghammer Tuebingen

Heidelise Als, PhD, Senior NIDCAP Master Trainer and Natalie Broghammer, RN, NIDCAP Trainer

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Christian Poets, MD, PhD, Center Director, Martina Schurg, Dipl.-Pflegewirtin (FH), Leiterin Pflegedienst, and Natalie Broghammer, RN, NIDCAP Trainer show, with pride, their center’s NFI certificates.



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