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Welcome to Our Newest Offering

We believe in:

  • Giving Preterm and Medically at Risk Newborns and Infants a voice in their care
  • Supporting Families with hospitalized babies to build close and trusting relationships as their lifelong supporters and advocates
  • Supporting Healthcare Professionals’ personal and professional development

From videos to podcasts to reading materials, the NFI offers a range of online resources to learn about NIDCAP

Please check back – Resources are continually being added!

Videos

NIDCAP: Three Decades of Training

NIDCAP is short for the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program. In each episode, we bring to you Healthcare Professionals, Parents, and others to discuss best practices to support the health and development of infants and their families, and those that care for them, in intensive care hospital settings and beyond.

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NIDCAP Nursery Certification: Changing Hospital Care for Infants and their Families

Learn about NIDCAP Nursery Certification which recognizes a nursery’s demonstrated commitment to promote best short and long term development of all infants in their care. See why the NFI aspires for all newborns and families to receive hospital care in the relationship based, family integrated NIDCAP model.

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NIDCAP: One Family's Story

Prematurely born, medically fragile and in critical need of nurturing care. One family’s experience with the life changing support of NIDCAP professionals as they navigate the necessary but often overwhelming early days of their infant’s new life and their new life as a family. NIDCAP insures that the ‘voice of the newborn’ is heard.

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How can I help my baby’s brain development

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Podcasts

Episode 1
How NICU Babies Communicate: Featuring Dr. Heidelise Als PhD

NIDCAP is short for the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program. In each episode, we bring to you Healthcare Professionals, Parents, and others to discuss best practices to support the health and development of infants and their families, and those who care for them, in intensive care hospital settings and beyond.

In today’s episode, I am pleased to welcome Heidelise Als, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director of Neurobehavioral Infant and Child Studies at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Episode 2
NICU Family Partnerships

NIDCAP is short for the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program. In each episode, we bring to you Healthcare Professionals, Parents, and others to discuss best practices to support the health and development of infants and their families, and those who care for them, in intensive care hospital settings and beyond.

In today’s episode, we will be discussing NICU Family Partnerships. The panel today includes three members of the NIDCAP community, all with personal and emotional experiences of working in and with families as they care for our most fragile of babies in their first few moments of life.

Episode 3
NIDCAP Goes Beyond The NICU: Featuring Dr. James Helm

NIDCAP is short for the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program. In each episode, we bring to you Healthcare Professionals, Parents, and others to discuss best practices to support the health and development of infants and their families, and those who care for them, in intensive care hospital settings and beyond.

In today’s episode, I am pleased to welcome Jim Helm, PhD in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been working in the NICU at WakeMed Health and Hospitals’ Raleigh campus for 35 years. He has been a NIDCAP Trainer for over 30 years.

Readings

10 Pearls of Wisdom

These NIDCAP-based considerations are for parents with hospitalized babies in the intensive care nursery. They were developed to support parents and their babies to get to know one another and build close and trusting relationships. Babies feel and experience their parents and the world around them through all of their senses. The baby’s behavior guides the parent. How parents interact with their infant is much more important than what they do. The parents’ gentle caresses and soft smiles, and the tone of their voice provide comfort and assurance. A parent’s presence and love provides invaluable healing medicine for their baby.

These Pearls of Wisdom are available in other languages.

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Developmental Observer

The Developmental Observer, the official newsletter of the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI), is published semi-annually. The newsletter reflects our members’ and colleagues’ wealth of knowledge, scientific curiosity, experience and creativity and furthers the understanding of our NIDCAP work. We are enriched by learning from one another as we continue to evolve our NIDCAP model and its implementation for future generations. One issue per year is dedicated to publishing the abstracts that have been presented at the NIDCAP Trainers Meeting each year.

 

 

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NFI Program Overview

An overview of the NIDCAP, APIB and NIDCAP Nursery Programs.

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