What is NIDCAP?
NIDCAP stands for Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Plan. It is a comprehensive, individualized approach to infant care, focusing on the individual strengths and needs of each infant and family. The goal is to optimize the developmental path of the infant and minimize any stressful experiences that occur while in the NICU.
NIDCAP also recognizes the importance of the family in the development and wellbeing of the infant and works to make the experience family-centered. The infant and family are the center of the NIDCAP approach and we know that this relationship is vital to the emotional development of the infant.
Hospitals and Nursery ICU's that use NIDCAP have shown tremendous positive effects on the overall health and development of preterm and high-risk infants. These include:
- Enhanced brain structure and function
- Shorter hospital stay
- Better weight gain
- Improved behavioral outcomes in infancy and beyond
NIDCAP Training Center
In becoming a NIDCAP Training Center, St. Joseph's has reached a high standard of experience, knowledge, and care, serving as an example for other Nursery ICU's to follow. St. Joseph's NIDCAP trainers travel to NICU's throughout the country teaching this incredible approach to care, changing the path for infants and families in a positive and empowering way.
Learn More About St. Joseph's NIDCAP Training
To learn more, click here or please call:
Bonni Moyer, MSPT
MarlaWood RN, MEd