European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants

Chairwoman of the Executive Board: Silke Mader

Hofmannstrasse 7A
D-81379 München, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 / 89083260
Fax: +49 (0)89/ 890832610

Please send donations to:
Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
IBAN: DE18 3702 0500 0008 8109 00

EFCNI is a non-profit organisation established under German public law | Tax reference number 143/235/22619.

EU Transparency Register ID Number:  33597655264-22

Social media guidelines

Our social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn are places for everyone to contribute. We welcome comments, posts and information from our community yet we aks you to follow the general guidelines of online netiquette.


We kindly ask you to communicate and interact respectfully with other users on our page. Refrain from insulting, provoking, or threatening others, respect opinions different from yours, and express constructive criticism. Offensive or discriminating comments are bad netiquette. Please understand that we cannot tolerate negative and disrespectful behaviour and that we will have to delete or ban such comments and/or users from our community. The same goes for the dissemination of false information. Note that we will bring charges against unlawful behaviour such as defamation, insult, or hate speech.

Content that is deleted or reported to the authorities, includes

  • Profane, obscene, inappropriate, disruptive or unrelated comments
  • Indecent, sexually explicit or pornographic material of any kind — including masked profanity where symbols, initials, intentional misspellings or other characters are used to suggest profane language
  • Threats; personal attacks; abusive, defamatory, derogatory, or inflammatory language; or stalking or harassment of any individual, entity or organisation
  • Discriminatory or hateful speech of any kind regarding age, gender, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or disability
  • False, inaccurate, libelous or otherwise misleading in any way
  • Spam, or containing or linking to any kind of virus, malware, spyware, or similar program that could cause harm to a user’s computer

Our social media presence is moderated by our employees. EFCNI reserves the right to ban any user from our platforms without prior written notice or consent for violations of our community guidelines/netiquette. In addition, we may remove identical posts by the same user or multiple users (a group of people sending identical messages or one person submitting under different aliases).

Things to keep in mind:

  • Our social media platforms are governed by the resepctive platform’s privacy policies and terms
  • Our social media platforms are not the place to contact others asking for money or offering products or services. Please refrain from advertising
  • EFCNI cannot guarantee and/or confirm the accuracy and/or validity of a message which are posted by users on our resepctive social media accounts
  • Any and all health and medical advice and information given on our social media channels are intended for general discussion and educational purposes only. If you have any medical concerns, please consult with your physician or other health-care professional


These guidelines are subject to change without notice.


Legal disclaimer concerning medical information

EFCNI offers advice on its home page of a purely general nature, which should in no way be understood as being a substitute for the personal consultation or care provided by the patient’s own doctor.

The information in question or the particulars given should not in any way be regarded as an indication of whether or not a particular illness or any other ailments in evidence. Nor should it be regarded as an invitation to undertake or to refrain from a certain course of treatment.

Recognition, and subsequent treatment, of an illness or any other ailment can only follow on from examination by a medical doctor. The information we provide should be understood only as a general and non-binding source of assistance for you and the doctor looking after you.

We accept no liability if the information given be misused for self-diagnosis or self-treatment contrary to the purpose explicitly stated therein. The same applies in any case where a necessary medical consultation does not take place on the basis of the information provided.


Website content

The author assumes no liability for the accuracy or quality of the information provided and no liability for this information being up-to-date or complete. All liability claims against the author relating to material or non-material losses caused by the use or non-use of the information provided, or the use of incorrect or incomplete information, are excluded, provided there is no evidence of wilful misconduct or gross negligence on the part of the author. All content is subject to change and provided without obligation. The author expressly reserves the right to change, delete, suspend or withdraw the website, either in part or in full, without giving notice.

References and links

In the case of direct or indirect links to external websites (“hyperlinks”) for which the author is not responsible, liability would arise only if the author was aware of their content and it was technically possible and reasonable to expect him to prevent the use of any illegal content. The author hereby expressly declares that no illegal content was visible on the linked pages when the link was created. The author has no influence on the current and future design, content or authorship of the linked pages and is therefore hereby expressly dissociated from the content of all linked pages that have been changed since the link was created. This statement applies to all links and references on the website created by the author as well as to entries by third parties in guest books, discussion forums, directories of links and mailing lists set up by the author and in all other forms of databases whose content can be accessed and changed by third parties. Only the provider of the linked site, and not the provider of links to it, is liable for illegal, incorrect or incomplete content, and particularly for losses arising from the use or non-use of the information provided.

Copyright and trademark law

The author strives to observe the copyright of the graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts used in all publications, to use graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts produced by the author, or to use graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts that are in the public domain. Any trademarks or brands that appear on the website and may be protected by third parties are subject, without limitation, to the provisions of current trademark law and the ownership rights of their registered owner. It should not be assumed that trademarks are not protected by third-party rights simply because they appear on this site. Copyright for published items produced by the author remains solely with the author. The duplication or use of such graphics, audio documents, video sequences and texts in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted without the express consent of the author.

Data protection

Where it is possible to enter personal or commercial data in the website (e-mail addresses, names, addresses), these data are divulged on an expressly voluntary basis by the user. Where technically possible and reasonable, all services provided may be used and paid for without entering such data or by entering anonymised data or a pseudonym. The contact data published in the legal notice or comparable statements, such as postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses, must not be used by third parties to send information that has not been expressly requested. We expressly reserve the right to take legal action against anyone who infringes this rule by sending so-called spam e-mails.

Legal validity

This disclaimer should be regarded as part of the website to which this page refers. If parts of this text, or individual phrases within it, do not or no longer correspond to the current legal situation, either in part or in full, the content and validity of the remaining parts of the document remain unaffected.

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By using this website, you are consenting to Google processing the data obtained from you in the manner and for the purpose described above.

Photo acknowledgement

We would like to thank Christian Klant Photography, Foto Video Sessner GmbH, Klinikum Dritter Orden Munich, Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln Berlin, Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA), Neven Subotic Stiftung, St. Joseph Krankenhaus Berlin Tempelhof, and Vera Dammberg for supporting EFCNI with photographs.

The images on the pregnancy section courtesy of and:

Chronic diseases
Monkey Business Images

Dmytro Vietrov

Antenatal care
Alexander Raths

Pelvic floor
Aykut Erdogdu

Materlan record


Fetal Programming

First 100 Days
Nixx Photography

Marko Poplasen

Physical activity

Vaginal Infections
Petr Bukal

Infectious Diseases

Ekaterina Shtern



Wouter Tolenaars

Konzeption, Design und Realisierung:
COMEO Dialog, Werbung, PR GmbH