Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) Training and Development

The Irving Harris Foundation funding continues to be critical to the successful growth and progress of the NIDCAP (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) work in the US and abroad. There still are no federal funding channels for the education and training of interdisciplinary professionals in Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) settings in earliest developmentally supportive prevention and intervention on behalf of preterm born infants and their families. Prematurity rates continue to rise around the world. In the United States, prematurity stands near 13% of annual births, and at an alarming. The NIDCAP model (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) has demonstrated successfully that the deleterious experience of the extrauterine NICU environment on the immature brain may be largely prevented or at least ameliorated, given that the intervention begins immediately after the infant’s delivery and extends throughout the infant’s NICU stay to full-term equivalent. This puts the preterm brain in an advantaged position to make better use of the world than is possible for the over-stimulated, stress challenged brain of the traditional NICU infant. The Irving Harris Foundation funding supports the NIDCAP originators’ teaching, training, and dissemination efforts in the framework of the National NIDCAP Training Center, with the goal to change the future for all infants and families in intensive care