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
Jeannette and Ron Doggett Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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

    Initiating more than 12 changes in practice during the time between our first application and certification.

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

    All the changes initiated helped change the identity of the unit – the NICU always identified itself as a developmentally supportive unit but now there is pride is saying “we’re a NIDCAP nursery”  so there is a change in attitude and pride.

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

    Discussions with families about how to best support each baby’s experience in the nursery are more standard and occur earlier, and more often. The NNCP process led to changes that affect the daily experiences for families and babies and these changes have persisted and continue to evolve in positive directions.

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