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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The Sao Joao NIDCAP Training Center at Sao Joao Hospital in Porto, Portugal was established under the guidance, training  and mentorship of NIDCAP Trainer, Nikk Conneman, MD and NIDCAP Master Trainer and APIB Trainer, Graciela Basso, MD. The NFI Board of Directors also congratulates Fatima Clemente MD on receiving her NIDCAP Trainer Certification. The center’s leadership and contact information are as follows:

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São João NIDCAP Training Center, Portugal, Established 2015

Director: Hercília Guimarães, MD, PhD
Co-Director: Fátima Clemente, MD,

Contacts: Fátima Clemente, MD ; Madalena Ramos ,RN
Department of Neonatology
Pediatric Hospital at São João Hospital
Alameda Professor Hernâni Monteiro
4200-319 Porto, Portugal
Phone : + 351 225512100 – ext 1949

The center celebrated its accomplishments with a ceremony for NICU staff and families today, April 1, 2015.

It is a distinct honor to welcome you among the International NIDCAP Training Center Community. The lives of ever more newborns and their families will gain from your care and work.”
-Heidelise Als, PhD, NFI Founder and Chair, NFI Program Committee

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