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


Heidelise Als, PhD receives the Serge Lebovici Award


Dr. Heidelise Als is this year’s recipient of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) Serge Lebovici Award. This award was given in recognition of her very significant contributions to the international field of infant mental health through her work with newborns, especially the assessment and treatment of premature infants and their families. The award was presented to Dr. Als at the 14th World Congress of the WAIMH in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The WAIMH writes:
“As a result of your work, you have changed the care of premature infants to respect the preterm baby’s sensitivities and to humanize the physical environment of the NICU, and, at the same time, by supporting the emotional experiences of preterm parents.”

WAIMH promotes education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.

Past recipients of the Serge Lebovici Award include Myriam David, Michel Soule, Daniel Stern, Charles Zeanah and
Elisabeth Fivaz-Depeursinge.

Heidelise Als receives Serge Lebovici awardHA holding award

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