EFCNI - European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants

For the best start in life

The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation and network to represent the interests of preterm and newborn infants and their families.

We bring together parents, healthcare experts from different disciplines, and scientists with the common goal of improving long-term health of preterm and newborn children. Our vision is to ensure the best start in life for every baby.

With our activities we want to reduce preterm birth rates, ensure the best possible treatment, care, and support and to improve the long-term health of preterm infants and newborns with illnesses.


Campaigns & projects

11 months – 11 topics

Fostering data collection and documentation is one of the goals of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health. Have you already seen these newly released standards in this field?

11 months – 11 topics

World Prematurity Day

“World Prematurity Day” is an awareness day on 17 November that honours preterm infants and their families. It was first celebrated by EFCNI and our partner parent organisations in 2009…

World Prematurity Day

Socks for Life

Socks for Life is a worldwide and year-round campaign to raise awareness for preterm birth, while at the same time working in partnership to improve the situation and to make a difference for preterm babies, their families, and the care team around the infant. 

Socks for Life



Book Review: Breastfeeding and breast milk – from biochemistry to impact

Published by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation and the Georg Thieme Verlag  “Breastfeeding and breast milk...
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Lighthouse project: Developmental care – from theory to practice

A guest article by Dr Susanne Rücker, paediatrician , Hospital "Dritter Orden", Munich, Germany Developmental...
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Legislation on medicines for children and rare diseases open for public consulation

An evaluation by the European Commission covers the legislation on medicines for special purposes, in...
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news research

How parents can help reduce and manage procedural pain in the NICU

In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), ill and preterm babies face a number of...
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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy 

German pilot (took place in October/November 2018)
for the setup and organisation of milk banks.

Further workshops are planned for 2019.

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The European Standards of Care for Newborn Health project is an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop standards of care for key topics in newborn health. The newly developed standards are supported by 108 healthcare professional societies and 50 parent organisations worldwide. The standards were launched in the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 November 2018.

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Upcoming events

21 Feb 2019

Congenital CMV – From Pregnancy to Infancy: Let’s Face It

22 Feb 2019

Neonatology Forum (meet EFCNI)

28 Feb 2019

Rare Disease Day

01 Mar 2019

Endometriosis Awareness Month

07 Mar 2019

10th Dresden Symposium

07 Mar 2019

1st Lung Ultrasound in Critical Neonates and Children

14 Mar 2019

4th ECIC: European Congress on Intrapartum Care

20 Mar 2019

World Oral Health Day

01 Apr 2019

Refreshkurs: “Neonatologische Pflege” des B.F.G. (meet EFCNI)

04 Apr 2019

2nd World Congress Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine

04 Apr 2019

14th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium

05 Apr 2019

Fachtagung “Stillen bei Früh- und kranken Neugeborenen”

07 Apr 2019

World Health Day

08 Apr 2019

Fachtagung: Stillen bei Früh-und kranken Neugeborenen (meet EFCNI)

15 Apr 2019

Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week

24 Apr 2019

International Noise Awareness Day

28 Apr 2019

ARVO 2019 Annual Meeting

01 May 2019

Preeclampsia Awareness month

01 May 2019

Better Hearing and Speech Month

05 May 2019

COINN 2019 Enriched Family – Enhanced Care

05 May 2019

World Hand Hygiene Day

05 May 2019

International Midwifes Day

05 May 2019

Parents of Preemies Day

07 May 2019

International Nurses Day

07 May 2019

World Asthma Day

15 May 2019
19 May 2019

World Human Milk Donation Day

22 May 2019

World Preeclampsia Day

28 May 2019