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 Training Center Established in Denmark

The Danish NIDCAP Training and Research Center was established this month at the Århus Universitets Hospital, Århus, Denmark.

Dr. Agneta Kleberg, Karolinska NIDCAP Training Center, Stockholm Sweden served as NIDCAP Master Trainer and Dr. Deborah Buehler, West Coast NIDCAP and APIB Training Center at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine as the APIB Trainer.

The center’s leadership will be as follows:

Center Director and contact: Hanne Aagaard, RN, MScN, PhD
Co-Director: Eva Jörgensen, RN, NIDCAP Trainer
Medical Director: Hanne Busk Andersen, MD, PhD (APIB -Trainee)
Nursing Director: Lone Fredensborg, RN, MPM-fellow

“It is a wonderful accomplishment and will serve to further strengthen the care and wellbeing of newborns and the families in hospital settings.”
- Heidelise Als, PhD, Chair, NFI Program Committee

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