Guidance Around the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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

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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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