NIDCAP – Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program.
Traditional Care – Infants are considered patients. Parents are considered visitors. Family Members are considered bystanders, occasional visitors. Staff and Professionals are schedule-driven, task and protocol oriented. Nursery and Hospital Environment & Culture are focused on efficiency, occupancy, productivity, cost effectiveness, and consumer/customer satisfaction.
NIDCAP Care – Infants are considered individuals, persons, collaborators in care, supported and nurtured by their parents. Parents are considered infants’ key nurturers, advocates and caregivers as well as collaborators in care decisions. Family Members are considered primary supporters to parents and infants. Professionals and Staff are partners in care with infants, parents and family members. Nursery and Hospital Environment & Culture are focused on supportive effectiveness, patient and family relationship orientation, and the promotion of individualized health, growth, strengths and development.