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World NIDCAP Day

March 20, 2020

On March 20th, the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) will celebrate the second annual World NIDCAP Day.

Why are we celebrating World NIDCAP Day?

Every day, the NIDCAP Federation International, its NIDCAP Training Centers, and their NIDCAP Trainers and NIDCAP Trained Professionals and Supporters strive to improve the experience of newborns and families in hospitals all over the world. World NIDCAP Day is an opportunity to recognize these efforts and build awareness of the importance of providing NIDCAP care for hospitalized infants and their families. Acknowledging our global work on the same day each year raises attention for NIDCAP and promotes opportunities for everyone to discuss NIDCAP and why it matters!

Celebrating World NIDCAP Day through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and using hashtags, can help raise awareness of NIDCAP and its possibilities.

NIDCAP recognizes families as the most important influence on the development and wellbeing of infants. For nearly four decades the NIDCAP community has partnered with families to improve newborn outcomes. By acknowledging and celebrating the incredible number of years we have been active in newborn hospital settings, we help to further promote the work, influence and place for NIDCAP within the global newborn community.


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How you can celebrate World NIDCAP Day

  • Promote NIDCAP and the World Day in your unit and hospital
  • Wear Teal
  • Have an afternoon or morning tea for your staff and families
  • Celebrate and promote what your team has achieved in the past 12 months
  • Share photos and posts on social media using #NIDCAP, #NIDCAPpartneringwithfamilies and  #worldNIDCAPday
  • Approach local news agencies for a story about NIDCAP in your unit/hospital
  • Illuminate landmarks in your area in the color Teal
  • Download promotional fact sheets, poster templates, the WND logo

What is NIDCAP?

Hospitalized newborns are faced with uncertainty due to their preterm birth and/or illness and the intensive care environment can be a shocking place for them. Babies in the newborn intensive unit are exposed to bright lights, cold temperatures, loud sounds, a tangle of tubes and wires, and experiences of discomfort and pain. These experiences may interfere with healthy development, causing serious medical and developmental issues.

NIDCAP, which stands for Newborn Individualized Care and Assessment Program, was developed to support infants and their families in and beyond the intensive care unit. NIDCAP seeks to minimize stressful experiences, separation from parents and support development with consistent caregiving. NIDCAP individualizes care based on the strengths and needs of each infant and family. NIDCAP supports high-risk newborns to reach their full potentials and their parents to be their infants’ advocates, protectors and nurturers.

This caregiving approach is based on in-depth research. Some examples of NIDCAP care’s positive effects on the overall health and development of premature and high-risk infants are:

  • Enhanced brain structure and function
  • Shortened hospital stays
  • Strong weight gain
  • Improved behavioral outcome in infancy and at school age

NIDCAP is an extensive worldwide training program for healthcare professionals. Education is provided to understand and respond to infants’ behaviors and support family/infant relationships as critically important for short and long-term health, development and wellbeing. To find out more about NIDCAP go to www.nidcap.org and contact your nearest NIDCAP Training Center!

About the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI)

NIDCAP is the gold standard for developmental care. This program and its development are overseen and promoted by the NFI, a non-profit organization. NFI members, including professionals from various disciplines, parents and families of preterm and ill infants, and graduates of infant hospital care settings themselves, work together to increase awareness of the importance of NIDCAP care for preterm and ill newborns.

The History of NIDCAP

From years of observing infants in the newborn intensive care settings, Dr. Heidelise Als, an internationally-known psychologist and scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and her colleagues, pioneered a way to understand how babies communicate. She watched these very small babies ever so closely and noticed changes in their breathing, color, movements, sleep and wakefulness and much more. Dr. Als discovered that their “voice” can be interpreted through their behavior. And that these understandings can be used for comfort and support. This approach is now practiced around the world as NIDCAP.

Over the past forty years, the NIDCAP Trainers, Professionals and Supporters have advocated for NIDCAP care for hospitalized newborns.

Here are some of the achievements of NIDCAP and the NFI over the past four decades:

1970s    NIDCAP is born in the late 70s
1981      NIDCAP Research Begins
1982      First NIDCAP Training Center Opens in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1982      Assessment of Preterm Infants’ Behavior (APIB) is published
1984      First NIDCAP Certification bestowed
1990      First NIDCAP Trainers Meeting
1999      First NIDCAP Training Center in Europe (Stockholm, Sweden) opens
2001      NIDCAP Federation International is incorporated & Board of Directors formed
2005      First NIDCAP Training Center in South America (Buenos Aires, Argentina) opens
2008      First NIDCAP Nursery Certification conferred
2013      First NFI Chapter Established (NIDCAP France)
2017      First NIDCAP Training Centers in Canada (Edmonton, Alberta) and Australasia (Westmead, Australia) open
2018      First NIDCAP Training Center in the Middle East (Kfar Saba, Israel) opens
2019      24 Training Centers globally & >2000 staff have completed NIDCAP Training

The NFI and its members strive for NIDCAP to be the standard of care in all nurseries around the world.

World NIDCAP Day Toolkit

Fact Sheet & Poster Template

World NIDCAP Day Fact Sheet (Download and distribute, available in 13 languages below)

World NIDCAP Day Poster Template (Announce your own WND activities with this template)

Training Centers Map in Honor of WND (2020 version coming soon)

WND Logo

World NIDCAP Day Logo

Social Media Templates (Change your Facebook and/or Twitter cover photos )

Facebook Cover Photo (2020 version coming soon)

Twitter Cover Photo (2020 version coming soon)


Guidelines for Use of World NIDCAP Day Materials

  • Please feel free to use the poster template, Facebook and Twitter banners and information sheets in your hospitals, nurseries and the community to raise awareness about World NIDCAP Day.
  • We would request that you do not alter any of the images, layout and design in the templates provided.
  • Feel free to add the logos and names of individual supporters, partners and organizations to the poster template but do not remove or modify the NIDCAP Logo.
  • The World NIDCAP Day material should be used for raising awareness, for fundraising and information. Do not use the material for marketing or sales of products or services.
  • Please respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal data and images.  If you are sharing material or images from third parties in the WND templates or on your social media platforms, please ensure that you obtain the expressed permission from all parties to use and/share the material.

The material provided in this toolkit remains the property of the NIDCAP Federation International, Inc.


View the celebrations from WND 2019 on our gallery page:

Our Gallery:

Press Release from 2019:
The NIDCAP Federation International Launches World NIDCAP Day with Boston’s Zakim Bridge Shining Teal in its Honor


DBMedical_IDF_Logo_White_Background (002) The NIDCAP Federation International, Inc. is pleased to be sponsored by Dr. Brown’s® Medical for the fourth year in a row. We are very appreciative as we celebrate World NIDCAP Day. We share the goal to provide the best support we can to developing infants and their families as they grow and mature.




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