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

Medical care and clinical practice  is one of the eleven main topics of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health and our focus topic in June. Have you already seen the newly released standards in this field?

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



Lighthouse project: Baby simulator doll Paul helps to train emergency scenarios with preterm babies

A guest article by Dr Rangmar Goelz and Dr Karen Kreutzer from the University Children’s...
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The role of fathers in breastfeeding

Men can play an important role when it comes to breastfeeding. Within our monthly topic...
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Human milk banking

A guest article by Professor Jean-Charles Picaud, President of European Milk Bank Association (EMBA) Health...
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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy 

for the setup and organisation of milk banks.

Two workshops (carried out in German) will take place in autumn/winter 2019.

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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

26 Jun 2019

Summer Discussions on Neonatology

26 Jun 2019

4th Summer Conference on Neonatology

09 Jul 2019

1st World Congress on Women’s Health Innovations and Inventions (WHII)

12 Jul 2019

5th International Neonatology Association Conference (INAC 2019)

12 Aug 2019

28th International Conference on Pediatrics Health

05 Sep 2019

EURETINA 2019 Congress

11 Sep 2019

14th World Congress of Perinatal Medicine

12 Sep 2019

ICM Africa Regional Conference

17 Sep 2019

joint European Neonatal Societies Congress (jENS) (meet EFCNI)

23 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019

12. Deutscher Still- und Laktationskongress

26 Sep 2019

117. DOG-Kongress (meet EFCNI)

10 Oct 2019

5th international EMBA Congress 2019

21 Oct 2019

A World Congress on Child Health, Neonatology and Perinatology

23 Oct 2019

40th UMEMPS Congress/ 15th International Workshop on Neonatology (meet EFCNI)

24 Oct 2019

Serious Problems – Simple Solutions

31 Oct 2019

World of Microbiome: Pregnancy, Birth & Infancy

06 Nov 2019

IPIC 2019

08 Nov 2019

7th SCENE Symposium

14 Nov 2019

European Neonatal Ethics Conference 2019

23 Nov 2019

Neonatal Emergencies Symposium (meet EFCNI)

28 Nov 2019

29th DGPM Congress (meet EFCNI)

19 Mar 2020

11th Stockholm Conference on Ultra-Early Intervention (meet EFCNI)

06 Sep 2020