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 2nd Annual Midwest Developmental Care Conference March 28-29, 2014

The 2nd Annual Midwest Developmental Care Conference, a joint venture between the Children’s Hospital of University of Illinois (CHUI) NIDCAP Training Center and the NIDCAP Training and Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s, and endorsed by the NFI, was held at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois on March 27 & 28, 2014. The conference, entitled Holding the Vision, Planning the Change,  explored strategies to implement developmentally supportive care in the NICU and featured speakers Joy Browne Ph.D., PCNS-BC, IMH-E (IV), Diane Ballweg, MSN, RN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, and Linda Lacina, MSN, RN. The aim of the conference was to provide evidence-based strategies to implement developmental care concepts into the NICU. This program utilized a workshop model for participants to actively create plans to bring back to their units.

This conference is an annual event with the location alternating between Cincinnati and Chicago.

For more information about this year’s conference see the Conference Brochure and keep checking back for information regarding the 3rd Annual Midwest Developmental Care Conference.

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