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
Care Plan Facilitation
Examples of Support
- Logistical information
- Exploring full-spectrum of assistance paths, including independent and/or hired support
- Organizational support to plan and schedule care by direct-community
- Evidence-based guidance, tools, and techniques for additional people & any partner(s)
- Education and support to understand the basics of upcoming procedures or around 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)
- Personal Care Plan
- Pregnancy & Postpartum Care Plan
- End-of-Life & Death Care Plan
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
RITES OF PASSAGE
Pictured: several objects including a straw hat, open book, sunflower, a polka dot fabric, and grapes lay on a white blanket is stretched across the ground
Rituals, ceremonies, and events interweaved with lore, culture, traditions, and ecosystems.
Ritual & Ceremony
- Rituals are a combination of action and intention. Ceremony often describes a formal non/religious or public occasion, like celebrating an event or anniversary
- Collaborate in creating a personalized ritual; rituals may be a one-time event or a pattern consisting of a series of actions performed according to an order that feels meaningful
- Reflect on personal stories self-understanding through the process of discernment
- Explore the relationship between the intention and the actions which take place
- Identify what is deeply personal and specific for you with intentional reflection, consent communication, and opportunities for multi-media storytelling throughout the conversation
- Mark important shifts, changes, or moments; such as finding a stable home, naming a child, graduating from school, letting go of or choosing a name/pronoun, new connections with community, pre-release and/or release from incarceration, memorials for a loss, etc
- Explore opportunities practices rooted in personal story, lineage, and ancestry (not appropriation) to reflect on the journey, including with/out presence of community
- Ritual &/or Ceremony can be a way for a person to return, relate, or come to know themselves; for some people it might also be a religious or spiritual ceremony rooted in culture, story, or tradition
Ritual & Ceremony writing or facilitation is available in scheduled sessions together in relationship with community healers, pastors, doulas, non/religious community, and local collectives. The timelines are determined by each person or group’s needs. Ritual & ceremony services are at no cost.
You know that the experience is unique for you and for the people around you. An authentic and well-designed care map or momentous ceremony might help to mark and navigate life change. These services are designed to support each person in creating something which affirms their story; past, present, and future. I am available to support a wide spectrum of spiritual responses through integrating consent-based communication, multimedia artwork, and nonjudgemental care.
Game Night Facilitation
- Play a series of fun challenges and mini-games with a small group related to pre-selected themes like values, communication, boundaries, natural disasters, crisis care, changes in life, pregnancy, end-of-life, and death
- Crafts, Activities, and Games for all-ages; intergenerational relationship building
- Multi-media Storytelling (grief, history/archival narratives, birth stories, sibling stories, etc)
- Games include scavenger-hunt, trivia, guessing-games, conversation starters, story games, puzzles, and more
- Technology and pre-setup support available for virtual sessions
- The doula will facilitate and guide the group through everything; introduce each game, explain the rules, support to keep the themes on track, and the energy flowing
- To not spoil the fun, the game list is a surprise. Want to explore some games on your own? Check out some of the games I’ve reviewed here on the Blog
Game Night Facilitation is available by appointment for virtual sessions only at this time. The number of guests is between 2-8 adults, any number of children and youth are welcome! I don’t need to see the final RSVP list, as long as the adult guest count does not exceed 8 players, you are all set.
Sessions are 90-minutes at the sliding-scale rate of $150 – 270 total. For details about game nights for caretakers or care collectives contact here. Support organizing a game night is available at no cost for people who are experiencing housing instability, domestic violence, and/or incarcerated. All services are dependent upon availability and accessibility.
WORK WITH SUMMER
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Summer is a full-spectrum doula and care worker committed to teaching and modeling consent and compassion in learning and practicing intergenerational community care. 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 where each person’s experiences inform the next steps. 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?
A: Yep! Together in relationship with community healers, pastors, doulas, non/religious community, and local collectives. Please email for more information, ritual & ceremony services are at no cost.
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