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 NFI Celebrated World Prematurity Day

On November 17, 2014,  The NFI celebrated World Prematurity Day. Every day, and especially on World Prematurity Day, the NIDCAP Federation International recognizes the incredible NIDCAP care that is happening all around the world. The NFI partners with the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) for global support for the care of families and their preterm and medically at risk newborns.

In tribute to the families, nursery staffs and hospitals that provide ever more sensitive and nurturing care, the 2014 World Prematurity Day posters seen below were created for sharing and posting. Help raise awareness about prematurity by sharing these posters with your families and nurseries.

World Prematurity Day is observed each year on November 17.




The NFI aspires for all newborns and families to receive hospital care and assessment in the relationship based, family integrated NIDCAP model, and assures the quality of NIDCAP education, training and certification for professionals and hospital systems, and advances the philosophy and science of such care.

In honor of those who care for premature infants every day please support the NFI with a donation today.


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