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

Follow-up and continuing care  is one of the main topics of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health and our focus topic in April. Have you already seen the newly released standards in this field?

11 months – 11 topics


Read the latest edition of the EFCNI newsletter and find out more about our milestone projects and events. 


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



Brochure about European Standards of Care for Newborn Health

Would you like to know more about the newly released European Standards of Care for...
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First World NIDCAP Day

Raising awareness for infant- and family-centred developmental care On 20 March, the NIDCAP Federation International...
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Delaying cord clamping – beneficial for ill or preterm born babies

Start-up introduces new solution to enable caregivers to provide care, close to the mother, with...
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New series on cohorts of the Research on European Children and Adults born Preterm (RECAP preterm) project

Our new series presents the cohorts of the EU-funded project „Research on European Children and...
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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 Apr 2019

Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week

23 Apr 2019

World Immunization Week

24 Apr 2019

International Noise Awareness Day

25 Apr 2019

World Malaria Day

28 Apr 2019

ARVO 2019 Annual Meeting

01 May 2019

Preeclampsia Awareness month

01 May 2019

Better Hearing and Speech Month

02 May 2019

ICHOM International consortium for health outcomes measurements

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
30 May 2019

European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society (EPOS)

01 Jun 2019

Global Day of Parents

03 Jun 2019

Woman Deliver 2019 Conference

05 Jun 2019
06 Jun 2019

Sharing Progress in Neonatology (SPIN 2019)

07 Jun 2019

15th Kongresses “Geburtshilfe – sanft und sicher” (meet EFCNI)

09 Jun 2019

10th ICCN International Conference on Clinical Neonatology

12 Jun 2019

International Conference on Pediatric Healthcare