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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How the NIDCAP Nursery Certification Program changed the
Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper University Health Care

  • Since launching the NNCP process the NICU professionals and staff are most proud of…

    The degree of individualized developmentally supportive care provided to each infant and family. The staff was extremely proud and all felt a strong degree of involvement in meeting this goal.

  • The most significant change in the nursery as a result of participating in the NIDCAP Nursery Certification process…

    The degree of pleasure and pride as well as the shared sense of accomplishment by the entire multidisciplinary team.

  • How the families and their infants have benefited from the nursery’s growth as a result of the NIDCAP Nursery Certification…

    The families may not be aware of the NNCP certification but they clearly benefit from the greater standardization of individualized care and sensitivity to meet the needs of each infant and family member.

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