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: Patient safety & hygiene practice

October is dedicated to the  topic Patient safety & hygiene practice and packed with insightful lighthouse projects, news, articles and interviews.

11 months – 11 topics: Patient safety & hygiene practice

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



BOOK REVIEW: “Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines”

Koletzko B, Poindexter B, Uauy R (eds.): Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and...
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SHIPS (Screening to Improve Health in Very Preterm Infants in Europe) meeting in Antwerp

At the beginning of June 2018 all members of the SHIPS project – Screening to...
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Lighthouse project in NICU design: the new Parents, Baby and Family Centre at the Children’s Hospital Dritter Orden Passau, Germany

After five years of intensive planning and construction work, last year the Dritter Orden Clinic...
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Breastfeeding during vaccinations reduces pain

Essential, but painful: needles are used for babies’ early childhood vaccinations and medical care during...
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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy 

German pilot:

Workshops zum Aufbau und Betrieb einer Frauenmilchbank

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European Standards of Care for Newborn Health is an interdisciplinary European collaboration to develop standards of care for key topics in newborn health. The project brings together more than 220 healthcare professionals of different professions, parent representatives and selected industry specialists, from more than 35 countries.

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Upcoming events

18 Oct 2018

Medela Goldkonferenz

18 Oct 2018

EFCNI Workshop “Aufbau und Betrieb einer Frauenmilchbank”

22 Oct 2018

26th European Pediatrics Congress

25 Oct 2018

iCAN Pediatrics – Munich

30 Oct 2018

The 7th Congress of the European Paediatric Societies (EAPS)

31 Oct 2018

62. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (DGGG)

01 Nov 2018

The 3rd International Symposium on the Fetal Brain

07 Nov 2018

21° Congresso Nazionale Società Italiana di Medicina Perinatale – Agora SIMP

09 Nov 2018

iCAN Pediatrics – Milan

12 Nov 2018

Optimal Nutritional Care for All Conference 2018

14 Nov 2018

Interdisziplinärer Kongress Ultraschall 2018

14 Nov 2018

Birth – Clinical Challenges in Labor and Delivery

21 Nov 2018

44th International Dexeus Forum

22 Nov 2018

EFCNI Workshop “Aufbau und Betrieb einer Frauenmilchbank”

23 Nov 2018

The Neonate 2018

28 Nov 2018

TWINS congress

30 Nov 2018

16. Norddeutscher Neonatologischer Pflegetag

13 Dec 2018

Frühgeburt – Interdisziplinäres, interprofessionelles, evidenzbasiert

21 Feb 2019

Congenital CMV – From Pregnancy to Infancy: Let’s Face It

22 Feb 2019

Familienzentrierte Versorgung von Frühgeborenen

07 Mar 2019

1st Lung Ultrasound in Critical Neonates and Children

14 Mar 2019

4th ECIC: European Congress on Intrapartum Care

04 Apr 2019

2nd World Congress Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine

05 May 2019

COINN 2019 Enriched Family – Enhanced Care

06 Jun 2019

Sharing Progress in Neonatology (SPIN 2019)

09 Jun 2019

10th ICCN International Conference on Clinical Neonatology

26 Jun 2019

Summer Discussions on Neonatology

26 Jun 2019

4th Summer Conference on Neonatology

12 Aug 2019

28th International Conference on Pediatrics Health