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

Please click here for the full statement with references

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.)

The 30th Annual NIDCAP Trainers Meeting

Hosted by James Helm, PhD on behalf of the NIDCAP Federation International

October 5-7, 2019

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

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Open One Day Conference, Monday 7 October 2019

The third day of the NIDCAP Trainers Meeting will be open to all and will focus on the theme “Gut Feeling: The Other Brain. Exploring the Connection of Microbiome, Stress and Infant Behavior.” Guest speakers Amy D’Agata, RN, PhD of the University of Rhode Island and Jeffrey Alberts, PhD of Indiana University will share their expertise on this topic.  The conference will also include several abstract presentations related to the topic of NIDCAP.  Click here for more information.

Opportunities to Sponsor

If you or your company are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the 30th Annual NIDCAP Trainers Meeting please view our Sponsor Packet and contact Jim Helm at for more information.

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