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

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

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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI at the Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN

The 51st Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN)...
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Lighthouse Project: NICU Design at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

A guest article by Vita Lerman, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, USA Ann...
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Lung function in children born extremely preterm

Some babies born too early show signs and symptoms later in life that may be...
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Obesity in children and adolescents: a growing global health challenge

The number of obese children and adolescents has risen dramatically in the past four decades,...
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European Standards of Care for Newborn Health is an interdisciplinary European collaboration to develop standards of care for key topics in newborn health. The project brings together more than 220 healthcare professionals of different professions, parent representatives and selected industry specialists, from more than 35 countries.

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Upcoming events

31 May 2018

2018 Genito-Urinary Tract Tumors Congress

07 Jun 2018

International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival

24 Jun 2018

17th World Congress in Fetal Medicine

08 Jul 2018

22nd International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy

24 Aug 2018

3rd Berlin Neonatology Summer School

28 Aug 2018

ICS 2018

01 Sep 2018

40th ESPEN Congress on Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism 2018

03 Sep 2018

20th International Conference on Pediatrics & Primary Care

05 Sep 2018

XXVI. European Congress of Perinatal Medicine (ECPM) (meet EFCNI)

09 Sep 2018

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action

13 Sep 2018

Euro-Global Conference on Pediatrics and Neonatology 2018

04 Oct 2018

6th SCENE Symposium 2018

05 Oct 2018

8th International Congress of UENPS (meet EFCNI)

06 Oct 2018

Congress of the International Society of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) 2018

12 Oct 2018

2018 Preeclampsia foundation Summit – Champions for change in Maternal Health

18 Oct 2018

Medela Goldkonferenz

22 Oct 2018

26th European Pediatrics Congress

30 Oct 2018

The 7th Congress of the European Paediatric Societies (EAPS)

31 Oct 2018

62. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (DGGG)

01 Nov 2018

The 3rd International Symposium on the Fetal Brain

14 Nov 2018

Interdisziplinärer Kongress Ultraschall 2018

14 Nov 2018

Birth – Clinical Challenges in Labor and Delivery

21 Nov 2018

44th International Dexeus Forum

23 Nov 2018

The Neonate 2018

13 Dec 2018

Frühgeburt – Interdisziplinäres, interprofessionelles, evidenzbasiert

05 May 2019

COINN 2019 Enriched Family – Enhanced Care

17 Sep 2019
27 Nov 2019

29. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Perinatale Medizin (DGPM)