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

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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