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. 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

NIDCAP Training

Trainers Meeting

Through state of the art presentations, integrative workshops and reflective processing sessions, the Annual NIDCAP Trainers Meeting is designed to educate, support and inspire NIDCAP and APIB Trainers as well as members of the NFI.

The Trainers Meeting is by invitation only.

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The 27th Annual NIDCAP Trainers Meeting

October 26-29, 2016

Royal Hotel Carlton
Via Montebello 8
Bologna, Italy, 40121

Hosted by the Italian Modena NIDCAP Training Center

Invitation (sent June 8, 2016)

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Final Program 

Presentation Handouts

Pierre Kuhn’s  Auditory sensitivity of preterm infants


The leaders of the following Sessions have provided preparation materials:

Session Title:
Inspirational Journal Club
1015, 29 Oct 2016 — Juzer Tyebkhan

  1. Albert — Repeated pain preterm
  2. Butler — Delirium in NICU
  3. Kennedy — Web Camera Use in the NICU
  4. Sizun — Preventive parenting intervention
  5. Small Baby Unit for Journal Club
  6. Spence — Neonatal outcomes international comparisons
  7. Tyebkhan — Family Nurture Intervention FNI 18 mo outcome & Supplemental info-TableS1
  8. Vandenberg — Mothers voice heartbeat auditory plasticity 

Session Title:
Nurturing and Guiding NIDCAP Trainers
1330, 27 Oct 2016 — Master Trainers

  1. Medical History and Observation Background Sheet
  2. Documentation of NIDCAP Observations: Journal-Page
  3. NIDCAP Example Henry (2016)
  4. NIDCAP Training Feedback Letter Outline
  5. NIDCAP Training Feedback Letter Example

Session Title:
Panel Discussion — NIDCAP and Frequently Used Assessment Tools in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit
1000, 27 Oct 2016 — Dorothy Vittner, Facilitator


Other downloadable files:
Consent for Publication and Archive Agreement 2016


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