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: Infant- & family-centred developmental care

November is dedicated to the topic Infant- & family-centred developmental care, featuring lighthouse projects, news, guest articles, and interviews.

11 months – 11 topics: Infant- & family-centred developmental care

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



RSV – a respiratory virus that can become dangerous for preterm babies

Interview with Prof Luc J.I. Zimmermann Prof. Zimmermann, in adults, how does a typical course...
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How colostrum banking can help breastfeeding newborns at risk

Expressing first milk before birth and feeding it to a newborn is called colostrum banking....
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Lighthouse project hospital hygiene: How to implement hygiene measures in a hospital – and foster compliance

The WHO campaign Clean Your Hands aims to improve awareness of the importance of hand...
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news research

Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids might be associated with a higher risk of preterm birth

For decades, there were ongoing discussions whether a high intake of fatty acids, either by...
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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy 

German pilot:

Workshops zum Aufbau und Betrieb einer Frauenmilchbank

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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

15 Nov 2018

Interdisziplinärer Kongress Ultraschall 2018

15 Nov 2018

Birth – Clinical Challenges in Labor and Delivery

21 Nov 2018

44th International Dexeus Forum

22 Nov 2018

EFCNI Workshop “Aufbau und Betrieb einer Frauenmilchbank”

23 Nov 2018

The Neonate 2018

28 Nov 2018

TWINS congress

30 Nov 2018

16. Norddeutscher Neonatologischer Pflegetag

13 Dec 2018

Frühgeburt – Interdisziplinäres, interprofessionelles, evidenzbasiert

21 Feb 2019

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

22 Feb 2019

Familienzentrierte Versorgung von Frühgeborenen

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

04 Apr 2019

2nd World Congress Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine

05 May 2019

COINN 2019 Enriched Family – Enhanced Care

06 Jun 2019

Sharing Progress in Neonatology (SPIN 2019)

09 Jun 2019

10th ICCN International Conference on Clinical Neonatology

26 Jun 2019

Summer Discussions on Neonatology

26 Jun 2019

4th Summer Conference on Neonatology

12 Aug 2019

28th International Conference on Pediatrics Health

17 Sep 2019

13th European Paediatric Neurology Society Congress

26 Sep 2019

12. Deutscher Still- und Laktationskongress

24 Oct 2019

Serious Problems – Simple Solutions

31 Oct 2019

World of Microbiome: Pregnancy, Birth & Infancy

27 Nov 2019

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