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

The month of June is dedicated to the topic of Medical care & clinical practice. Preterm and ill infants, treated in the neonatal intensive care unit have multiple medical clinical conditions, resulting in an extremely vulnerable patient group. Please have a look at our European Standards of Care for Newborn Health project and the standards in this field, to learn more about how they take the complexity of clinical care into consideration.  

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



When every second counts

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GLANCE is a project, initiated and coordinated under the umbrella of of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy

for the setup and organisation of human milk banks and the first 1000 days.

Workshops (in German language) will take place in  autumn 2020.

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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

24 Jun 2020
06 Sep 2020

FLASOG 2020, Asuncion, Paraguay

03 Oct 2020
03 Mar 2021

Fetal and Neonatal Neurology, Paris, France

23 Mar 2021
14 Sep 2021