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

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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