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

Children’s Hospital in Toulouse France Celebrates 10 Years of NIDCAP

The NFI is proud to report that Children’s Hospital in Toulouse France has been using the NIDCAP approach to care for ten years.  Members of the Toulouse NIDCAP team, Isabelle Glorieux, MD, Sandra Lescure, MD, and Céline Prout, RN report that they celebrated their NIDCAP accomplishments with many activities in November 2015.

The Toulouse NIDCAP team created several different posters that explained NIDCAP, described the story of NIDCAP in Toulouse, showed the spread of NIDCAP throughout the world, and explained the development of the premature baby and newborn into childhood. They also displayed the scientific evidence of the impact of stress on the family. In addition they produced a slideshow of photographs and testimonials from parents.

For World Prematurity Day, on November 17th, the local parents’ association “SOS-Prema”, organized a meeting around the theme of NIDCAP, in the exhibition area of the hospital.

In addition, they hosted some celebratory luncheons for those who have been involved in the “birth and growth” of their NIDCAP project since its start.

The NFI congratulates them on their 10 years of NIDCAP achievements.

Click here for photos of the event…
10 years of NIDCAP PDF-1

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