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 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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