COVID-19 Survey

Zero separation. Together for better care! Infant and family-centred developmental care in times of COVID-19 – A global survey of parents’ experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic has created exceptional challenges, especially for the care of preterm, sick and low birthweight infants. While most restrictions were necessary to stem virus transmission, some have impacted the provision of healthcare, including infant and family-centred developmental care (IFCDC). Hospitalised newborns, together with their families, have been severely affected by separation policies with so far unforeseen short and long-term consequences. We therefore call for a zero separation policy and the consistent application of an IFCDC approach.

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This project was a joint initiative by EFCNI and GLANCE. The research was carried out in cooperation with the COVID-19 Zero Separation Collaborative Group – representatives of national parent organisations and the professional healthcare societies COINN, ESPR, NIDCAP, and UENPS. EFCNI received an earmarked donation by Novartis Pharma AG in support of this study.


The new pandemic leaves us in dire need of information. How can I protect myself and my unborn baby? How high is the risk of a COVID-19 infection for preterm born babies? How can I prepare the discharge of my preterm born baby? These are just a few of the questions that occupy parents and parents-to-be at the moment.  Together with experts for Neonatology as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology we developed questions and answers about COVID-19 concerning maternal and newborn health. This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is intended to be a guide but cannot and should not be a substitute for in-depth discussion with your doctor, midwife or nurse. Please make a note of any questions you may have on the subjects covered in this FAQ for your doctor, midwife or nurse, to answer at your next appointment.

For extensive, valid and up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit the website of your national, regional or local governmental health institutions or the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO website provides information in several languages.

The FAQ could not have been finalised, without the kind support of Professor Christoph Bührer, Medical Director Department of Neonatology, Charité Berlin and Doctor Dietmar Schlembach, Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Vivantes Clinic Berlin-Neukölln.

You can find the FAQ about COVID-19 concerning maternal and newborn health on the website of GLANCE the Global Alliance for Newborn Care, a new global initiative, founded and coordinated by EFCNI.

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