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

Please click here for the full statement with references

World Prematurity Day — November 17, 2020

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.

To honor WPD 2020, the NFI invites you to participate in one or more ways. To help you plan and celebrate, we offer some opportunities below.  We also offer the following guidelines to support your planning and execution of celebratory events:

Guidelines for Respectful World Prematurity Day Celebrations

1. World Prematurity Day Information Sheet

We invite you to use this informational sheet to introduce WPD to your NICU and/or share it with your local government agencies or local media outlets to gain broader exposure for your WPD events.


 World Prematurity Day 2019 NFI Info Sheet

2. WPD NFI-EFCNI Poster Template

The NFI, as a participant in the EFCNI’s Socks for Life Campaign, has created a poster template for your use to promote any activities you plan for World Prematurity Day. You may add your own text to the poster, turn it into a PDF and email or post it wherever you wish.

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Visit the EFCNI website for more WPD material…

including social media posts, banners, a social media toolkit as well as an advocacy message map for your WPD activities on their website.

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 is celebrating WPD and helping to raise awareness of the prevalence of prematurity.  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.

For past year’s World Prematurity Day celebrations click on the year below:

World Prematurity Day 2019

World Prematurity Day 2018

World Prematurity Day 2017

World Prematurity Day 2016

World Prematurity Day 2015

World Prematurity Day 2014

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