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

NICU design  is one of the eleven main topics of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health and our focus topic in May. 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



Brochure about European Standards of Care for Newborn Health

Would you like to know more about the newly released European Standards of Care for...
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First World NIDCAP Day

Raising awareness for infant- and family-centred developmental care On 20 March, the NIDCAP Federation International...
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Delaying cord clamping – beneficial for ill or preterm born babies

Start-up introduces new solution to enable caregivers to provide care, close to the mother, with...
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news research

Series of RECAP cohorts – part 2: presenting the cohorts of the EPICure Studies in the United Kingdom and Ireland

In our new series about cohorts of the EU-funded project „Research on European Children and...
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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy 

German pilot (took place in October/November 2018)
for the setup and organisation of milk banks.

Further workshops are planned for 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

30 May 2019

European Paediatric Ophthalmological Society (EPOS)

03 Jun 2019

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

05 Jun 2019
06 Jun 2019

Sharing Progress in Neonatology (SPIN 2019)

07 Jun 2019

15th Kongresses “Geburtshilfe – sanft und sicher” (meet EFCNI)

09 Jun 2019

10th ICCN International Conference on Clinical Neonatology

12 Jun 2019

International Conference on Pediatric Healthcare

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