Guidance Around the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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 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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