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

World Prematurity Day — November 17, 2018

Celebrated internationally on November 17th, World Prematurity Day (WPD) acknowledges the journeys of preterm infants and their families as well as raises awareness of the challenges faced by children born preterm and their families. This is ever so important as the incidence of preterm birth, worldwide, is increasing rapidly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year an estimated 15 million infants worldwide are born preterm (over 3 weeks early). Sadly, the complications of preterm birth are among the leading causes of death in children under five. All infants born preterm require immediate and significant medical care posing unexpected challenges — emotional and financial — to their parents and family system.

Here is how the NFI and its NIDCAP Training Centers, Members and Friends are celebrating premature infants and their families…


In tribute to the families, nursery staff and hospitals that provide sensitive and
nurturing care, the NFI shares its 2018 NFI World Prematurity Day Poster representing
the work of 47 nurseries around the globe.  In addition the NFI offered an informational sheet and a poster template to be used to publicize WPD events.

Annual NFI WPD Poster

WPD Information Sheet


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For the fourth year in a row the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston, the birthplace of the NFI and headquarters to the National NIDCAP Training Center, was illuminated in purple. For the second year in a row, the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge of Worcester/Shrewsbury was lit in purple to mark World Prematurity day.

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Carolina NIDCAP Training Center

For several years in a row, WakeMed, home of the Carolina NIDCAP Training Center has turned their website purple…

Carolina NIDCAP Center WPD 2017


Several different hospitals in Iran celebrated World Prematurity Day…

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Saudi Arabia

Several different hospitals across Saudi Arabia participated in World Prematurity Day…

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Other Ways You Can Raise Awareness and Support Newborns and their Families
to Receive NIDCAP in Intensive Care Nurseries Around the World

  • Please send us photos of how you, your nursery or your city/town celebrated WPD.  We will post your images on our website. Send to:
  • Like Us on our Facebook page
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Follow our posts on Pinterest
  • Connect with colleagues on LinkedIn
  • Watch and share our informational videos You Tube

The NFI envisions a global society in which all hospitalized newborns and their families receive care in the evidence-based NIDCAP model. NIDCAP supports development, enhances strengths and minimizes stress for infants, family and staff who care for them. It is individualized and uses a relationship-based, family-integrated approach that yields measurable outcomes.

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