The Lyfe Magazine recognizes the struggle many of us are facing during this time. We Would like to take a moment each week to recognize someone who is working and helping others during this stressful period.
Each week we want to honor someone, to let the everyone know there are genuine heroes in the world!
This week we honor Sharnice Senior!
What is your name? My name is Sharnice Senior.
What is your occupation? I am a nursing clinical technician on labor and delivery, and I am also a birth doula.
How long have you worked in this field? I’ve been on labor and delivery for two years, I’ve been a birth doula for almost six.
What has been the biggest challenge so far? The most challenging thing has been adjusting to the normal. Every time you turn around, there’s a policy change, or updates coming out every second of the day. It’s tough just getting used to new protocols and practices.
As far as my doula business, my challenge is not being able to support my clients through this most wonderful yet scary time in their lives; the birth of their children, the birth of their families because we’re not allowed in hospitals.
Do you foresee anything good coming from all of this? Right now, I can’t say if I foresee anything good coming out of this. There is no more “normal” or going back to normal in the medical field. After this, there just isn’t. I mean, new protocols, new trainings, new meetings, new drills, etc.
Do you think life in your field will go back to normal or have things changed forever?Please explain. What we thought was normal, a month ago, two months ago, is no longer normal. Things are happening now that we were told wouldn’t or couldn’t happen before, and now they’re happening.
Do you think the lockdown is working? As for the lockdown. I think it’s working for the people who are practicing it properly. For those who are halfway doing it or not taking it seriously, I don’t think that it’s working at all. I don’t think it will work until they shut everything down, stores banks, everything they deem essential. Except hospitals, of course.
What advice would you give people during this time? My advice for people during this time is to stay at home. Do your part, your part is bigger than you think it is. Stay home guys and bond with your families and get to know each other all over again. Pick up a new project or hobby or finish what you’ve been procrastinating on or, you know, if you’re a single individual, focus on yourself. Some self-care, self-love and take this time to just really enjoy yourself. Unplug and take in all the things that’s taken for granted in your entire life.