The purpose of this conference is to equip the learner with the knowledge to provide high level and evidence based, develop mentally supportive care to infants and families in newborn intrusive core units.




Hercília Guimarães and São João NIDCAP Center Team


16 Years of NIDCAP in Porto (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program)

Hercília Guimarães, MD, PhD (São João Nidcap Training Center, Hospital São João, Porto, Portugal)


Am I ready for your love?

Pedro Caldeira da Silva MD (Hospital D. Estefânia, CHLC, Lisboa, Portugal)


Translation into Practice: Supporting the Infant

Dorothy Vittner, PhD, RN (Carolina NIDCAP Training Center, Raleigh, NC, USA)
Monique Oude Reimer-van Kilsdonk, RN (Sophia NIDCAP Training Center, ErasmusMC-Sophia, Childrens Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Natascia Simeone, RN (Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale di Rimini, Rimini, Italy)




Sensory Nurturance in the NICU

Pierre Kuhn, MD, PhD (CHRU Hautepierre, Strasburg, France)


Translation into Practice: Nurturing Environment

Stina Klemming, MD (Karolinska NIDCAP Training and Research Center, Stockholm, Sweden)
Maria Maestro, MD (Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre NIDCAP Training Center, Madrid, Spain)
Melissa Johnson, PhD (Raleigh, NC, USA)




Open Ceremony


Can the Quality of Mother-Infant Interaction Compensate for the Adverse Effects of Prematurity?

Isabel Soares, PhD (Escola de Psicologia, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal)


Translation into Practice: Family-Infant Support

Graciela Basso, PhD, MD (Centro Latinoamericano NIDCAP, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Samantha Butler, PhD (National NIDCAP Training Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, USA)
Mandy Daly, ACII, DLDU, Family Representative, NFI Board of Directors (Dublin, Ireland)
gretchen Lawhon, PhD, RN, CBC, FAAN (West Coast NIDCAP & APIB Training Center at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine,USA)




Abstracts (3 abstracts)



Sheraton Porto Hotel Congress Centre

To host NIDCAP - Open Day Conference was selected a beautiful, modern and transparent building that was lifted on the business area of Boavista.

The venue offers 1750 square meters of total multifunction meeting space, which includes one 945 square meters meeting room, additional seven conference rooms, and eight convertible suites in a wireless environment. The business centre can also accommodate all the event needs. Enjoy the comfort and privacy of the hotel and connect with family and friends over fine dining and a "show cooking" concept with Portuguese and international flair at restaurant Porto Novo. Or if you'd rather spend a mellow evening in the company of other participants networking, stop by the piano bar or cocktail lounge with live music in the evenings.

We look forward to making your stay comfortable and convenient at the Sheraton Porto Hotel fulfilling all your needs.

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100 €

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