Your touch, your presence, and
your participation in your baby’s care matters

This is the essence of NIDCAP

Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) informs our unique caregiving approach:

  • Teaching us what your infant expects for comfort, wellbeing and a sense of security so vital to healthy development
  • Partnering with your infant, family and healthcare professionals to provide individualized care
  • Providing the road map for the best outcomes for your infant and family

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Here are 10 NIDCAP-based recommendations that may support you and your baby:

  1. Plan Time and Be Present
  2. Participate as the Primary Caregiver(s)
  3. Seek Information Actively
  4. Shape the Environment
  5. Provide Slow and Responsive Care and Interactions
  6. Protect Sleep
  7. Connect and Communicate through Touch
  8. Care with Skin-to-Skin Holding
  9. Offer Human Milk and Nursing
  10. Promote Sucking for Comfort and Security

For detailed descriptions of each “Pearl” click button below

Pearls of Wisdom

Many families have shared their stories with the NFI through our newsletter, the Developmental Observer and through our NIDCAP Blog.  Please visit these pages to read their stories.

Family Stories           Developmental Observer        NIDCAP Blog

(The NIDCAP Professional) allowed me as a mom to feel competent and confident in developing a relationship with my son who was two pounds and hooked up to more tubes and wires than you could imagine
-Renee Lukie, mother of an infant born at 24 weeks gestational age
(From Developmental Observer Vol.10, No.2)

The NIDCAP care Caleb received really made a difference. I feel like Caleb and I have a different “bond” than usual…it’s kind of funny…he likes to hold onto my fingers when he is eating, and my holding him on my chest still soothes him just like it did with Kangaroo Care in the nursery.
-Parent from a nursery offering NIDCAP
(From Developmental Observer Vol.2, No.1)

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