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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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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