The Floating Hospital’s novel initiative for families living in New York City’s homeless shelters
When a family is on the precipice of welcoming a new life, joy is often tempered by anxious hopes, fears and challenges. Imagine layering the everyday anxieties of new parenthood with the weighty concern of not having a stable home. The Floating Hospital steps in precisely here, offering a haven for new families caught in the storm of homelessness—many of whom are grappling with domestic violence or other burdens making traditional housing elusive.
Under the guidance of Dr. Meghan Miller, director of health education, The Floating Hospital launched a new parent workshop series. The curriculum dives deep into core topics like pregnancy, delivery and birth, post-partum mental health and baby care.
“We do a lot of parenting classes at our Long Island City clinic, in schools and shelters. Our aim is to bolster the resilience of New York City’s most at-risk parents during formative times,” Miller remarked. The courses present a holistic approach to empowering parents to thrive against the odds.
The new series, with additional classes on SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), child development from ages 0-5, positive parenting and positive discipline, represents an effort by Miller’s health education department to support New York City’s most vulnerable new parents at a pivotal moment.