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
St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital NICU

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

    The care of the developmental aspects of the infant and family and the level of implementation we have reached.  New staff orientation and education includes 8 hours regarding the developmental aspects of care as well as ongoing education at the bedside regarding developmentally supportive caregiving in daily practice.  Our nursery is very aware of evidence based practice and performance improvement measures.  They are empowered by asking questions and looking for ways in which they can improve practice and care in our nursery.  They were thrilled by the recognition our nursery received.  They are confident in their care and felt honored by the recognition of their care of infants, families and one another.

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

    The staff is confident in their practice and support one another in providing a high level of developmentally supportive care.  They speak freely to families about why we provide care the way we do and the outcomes we hope to promote for each infant.  Staff is much more verbal with students we receive about the significance of developmentally supportive care to the infant’s outcome.  In daily rounds with the medical team the infant’s development is part of the daily plan of care and progress.  The staff demonstrates a very holistic picture of the infant and his plan of care including the infant’s development.

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

    Families and infants are seen as unique individuals and their care is provided based on their strengths as well as their needs.  Families express that they feel they are a respected partner in their infant’s care.  They enjoy being part of their infant’s care as well as contributors to their child’s development.  We have always had a strong family presence but parents have taken it to a higher level with a Formal Family Advisory Council.  We have parent members on our unit committees. They are willing partners in improving practices and contributing to the growth of support for families whose infants are receiving care in the NICU currently.  The families  are aware of the NIDCAP Nursery Certification.

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Karen Smith, Director, St. Luke’s NIDCAP Training Center, accepts NNCP award from NFI President, Dr. Heidelise Als, in 2008.

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