Pictured: “the sunflower cycle” zine issue #1 is open near a wilting sunflower lays across a ceramic sunflower plate on a wooden desk
Care happens moment to moment, it is grown with personal and interpersonal practices that change over time.
- Direct Consultation
- Care Plan Facilitation
- Notary Services
- Values Exploration
- Creative Storytelling
- Listening Circles
Care Plan Facilitation
Examples of Support
- Logistical information about day-to-day & crisis mapping, options for end-of-life, death, & postpartum care, home/hospital/clinic resources and provider referrals, etc
- Exploring full-spectrum of assistance paths, including independent and/or hired support
- Organization, outlines, and scheduling care with direct-community, doula team, providers
- Evidence-based guidance, tools, and techniques for additional people & any partner(s)
- Education and support to understand the basics of upcoming procedures or the available options for integrative care
- Support planning expected and unexpected outcomes, including natural disaster preparedness, accessibility plans for school/work, harm reduction and safety planning for mental health, substance use, domestic violence, etc
- Customized provider education materials to support and educate the care team in providing you with affirming care, including integrative health, spiritual, cultural, and non/religious care
Types of Care Plans
- Advance Directive Document(s)
- Mental, Emotional, & Physical
- Pregnancy & Postpartum
- End-of-Life & Death
- Crisis & Environmental Disaster
Direct Care Services
- Monthly check-in & support meetings beginning at the time of hire
- On-call support is available and arranged with clients directly, as needed
- Informational and resource navigation for clients and the caregiving team
- Education in and accessible tools/techniques for physical relaxation and stress relief
- Client-led, supportive advocacy, especially with the tools for consent in basic integrated care
- Values Exploration; support discerning and clarifying beliefs and values around parenting, disability, consent, pregnancy loss, abortion, end-of-life, medical-aid-in-dying, and death
- Companionship before and/or after medical procedure appointments
- Companionship before and/or after appointments for the procedure(s) and inseminations
- Evidence-based postpartum care after birth, cesarean, miscarriage, abortion, and loss
- Guidance for reflection, discernment, and exploration of non/religious beliefs and values around care/health needs and possible experiences or outcomes i.e. puberty, gender transitions, pregnancy loss, abortion, medical-aid-in-dying, and death
- Comprehensive and integrative care for abortion, termination, miscarriage, and loss
- Comprehensive and integrative care throughout end-of-life and death
- Emotional support throughout planning, postpartum, and/or end-of-life care
- Spiritual support and companionship in grief, embodied personal responses, planning, postpartum, and/or end-of-life care
- Nourishing the person and caretakers through meal preparation or in-home support
- Informational or facilitation support for at-home ceremonies and/or events
- Assistance with childcare & housework
WORK WITH SUMMER
Pictured: two bumblebees are together on an open sunflower
Summer is a full-spectrum doula and care worker committed to intergenerational community care and teaching through modeling consent and compassion. Summer has over a decade of experience in the service of children, elders, & families with diverse needs and embraces playfulness as an ally in embodied companionship.
Thank you for your curiosity about my care work! Full-spectrum doula services include creating artwork, opportunities for self-soothing, personal rituals, ceremonies, as well as support during moments of change, like life-stages, pregnancy, and death.
My full-spectrum doula care is guided by consent and customized to each person’s needs. Together, I work with clients to design values-based care plans informed by the agency and the awareness they have of their own body mind, story, and needs. Full-spectrum care services are available to provide nonmedical informational, emotional, physical, and spiritual support.
If you would like to begin working together, schedule an initial strategy session at no cost. If you still want to discuss working together after the session, we’ll set up a separate call for that conversation.
As your doula my role is to come alongside you in your life. Much of the labor of care happens in the moments in between sessions, because that’s where each person’s memories and experiences bubble up. Together we will identify and uplift the stories, rituals, and ingredients of change which include your visions and values.
Q: Who are full-spectrum services for?
A: Full-spectrum doula services can be for anyone. Especially people who want to learn more about integrative and nonmedical care options. I work in partnership with each client and care team. To begin working together, schedule an initial strategy session at no cost. If we still want to discuss working together after the session, then we’ll set up a separate call for that.
Q: How have your offerings shifted during the pandemic?
A: Everything has changed! And I will communicate with you through shifting ongoing research, public health needs, and personal boundaries. Phone or video sessions are available as an option for most offerings, and wearing a mask is required for all people over two (2) years old at in-person appointments. You may choose in advance to receive a recording of some sessions and/or notes. We are all still living in a pandemic. Thank you for understanding that some services are limited and may shift as we respond collectively to the changing factors related to this pandemic. Recent data for covid and variants are available at this link: Seattle, WA, COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Q: What is the client investment?
A: Services are available at hourly or package rates, or within a working collaboration with seasonal services. Support is available at a sliding scale, there is no cost for people who are frontline & backline caretakers, experiencing housing instability, domestic violence, and/or incarcerated. Please reach out to learn more about available options! The timelines are determined by each person or group’s needs.
- Hourly Rate – Created for individual services, care plan facilitation, and shorter direct care sessions. Sessions are generally between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours at the sliding-scale rate of $0 – 75.
- Seasonal Retainer – Hiring a virtual assistant for 12 weeks or more? Are you offering teach-ins or collaborative workshops on a regular basis and looking for support? Clients choose from the virtual services available for 1.5, 3, or 5 hours per week seasonally at the sliding-scale rate of ($35-75 x seasonal hours) + $125 seasonal deposit.
- Backup Doula On Call – Looking to expand your care team with a backup full-spectrum doula? Clients and doulas can work with Summer for on call full-spectrum support during a pre-determined timeline up to three (3) weeks, in which I commit to being ready to reach the client(s) quickly once support is requested. Continuous support, respite, and backup services are at a sliding-scale rate.
Q: Do you write or facilitate rituals and ceremonies?
Q: Are you still hosting Game Nights?
A: Yes! Game Night Facilitation is available for virtual sessions only this Spring. Let’s get together and play, craft, and explore challenges and mini-games with a small group! My game night themes include: values, communication, boundaries, natural disasters, crisis care, changes in life, pregnancy, end-of-life, and death. For details about game nights for caretakers or care collectives contact here.
Q: Are you working with new clients?
A: I am not working with new clients this Spring season, please reach out for trusted referrals if needed. I hope you find the support you are seeking. Please also join me in rest and rooting this Spring by dreaming, burying poems, growing food, singing, and serendipitously sharing space.
Pictured: many sunflower sprouts rise out of the soil below them, they are planted in 1-inch containers