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 and hygiene practice is one of the eleven main topics of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health and our focus topic in October. Did you already have a look at the 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



Act early! Screen early! May is dedicated to our pre-eclampsia awareness campaign

May is Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month and 22 May is World Pre-eclampsia Day. We have been...
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Weltstillwoche: Eltern stärken für das Stillen

Bereits zum vierten Mal in Folge feiert und unterstützt EFCNI  die Weltstillwoche. Unter dem diesjährigen...
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news, news research

Empower Parents – Enable Breastfeeding: EFCNI supports World Breastfeeding Week 2019

To support this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, EFCNI is reaching out to healthcare experts AND...
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news research

Perinatal palliative care: Giving parents support when a pregnancy goes wrong

Interview with Dr Fauzia Paize Perinatal palliative care (PPC) is a fairly new subspecialty within...
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AbbVie is a Platinum Partner of EFCNI.

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EFCNI Academy 

for the setup and organisation of human 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

24 Oct 2019
24 Oct 2019

9th EADCare Symposium, Madrid, Spain

31 Oct 2019
06 Nov 2019

IPIC 2019, Madrid, Spain

08 Nov 2019

7th SCENE Symposium, Budapest, Hungary

14 Nov 2019
19 Nov 2019
23 Nov 2019
28 Nov 2019

29th DGPM Congress, Berlin, Germany (meet EFCNI)

05 Dec 2019

5th Global Summit for Preemies, Vilnius, Lithuania

13 Feb 2020
26 Apr 2020
24 Jun 2020
06 Sep 2020

FLASOG 2020, Asuncion, Paraguay