FAQ

Do you accept insurance?


No, at this time Sunflower Services is unable to accept insurance. We aim to make our services accessible and everything we offer is available on a sliding-scale or for barter/trade. However, we are working to build community partnerships with some doulas who are able to accept insurance! If you are a current doula in Seattle, WA who is able to take insurance-- please contact us to collaborate.




What is a doula?


The word doula is an ancient Greek term that most often translates to "servant" or “caregiver”. A doula is a trained professional with expertise in providing compassionate and nonjudgmental support. Depending on a doula's educational background, experiences, and training they may be able to provide physical, emotional, and/or spiritual care for people throughout their sexual, reproductive, and end of life experiences.

Care work surrounding disability, birth, sex, and death has historically existed within all ancient communities. We are currently located in the United States, where these practices have been held sacred and taught primarily by the womxn and queer people within Indigenous and Black communities. This community care work has continued to survive and thrive despite systematic & pervasive violence, gatekeeping, and gaslighting from those in power. In honoring this work, we reject hierarchal structures of care work and seek to cultivate relationships with a network of caregivers to meet the various needs of our clients when we are not skilled or positioned to meet them individually.




What does a doula do?


Doulas are professionals skilled in creating nurturing and empowering experiences by employing information, resource connection, emotional support, pain coping, and relaxation techniques. In addition, doulas may provide education for caregivers or facilitate care planning and implementation.




What do the fees for services contribute to?


The majority of Summer's fees support and sustain their labor, housing and food stability. In addition, these fees are put towards student loan payments and ongoing education. 10% will go to a community fund balancing the cost of labor that is done at no or low-cost. Finally, Sunflower Services is committed to acting as an accomplice for the history and health of our earth and those who live with the land and water. Summer currently practices and learns within occupied Duamish land, and 10% of their fees contribute to Real Rent Duamish.

We are committed to mutual aid in our direct and local networks. This includes things like cocreating community-based projects, donating to bail funds, advocating to end cash bail, and paying Real Rent.




Who are doula services for?


Doula services can be utilized for anyone who is hoping to learn more or who is searching for a professional guide. In addition to each doula's individual skillset and services, a doula may be able to support in gaining acceptance in physical and emotional abilities, reconnecting with yourself and your values, building health skills and starting conversations about community based health care.

Please don't hesitate to contact Summer Diegel for a free consultation. If they are not the best fit for your needs, they can offer informed and authentic referrals to other care providers in the community.

Sunflower Services prioritize supporting low-income people and families, people who are or have been incarcerated, LGBTQIA+ families, trans & gender non-conforming people, people of color. We recognize the unacceptable discrepancies and injustices that exist historically and structurally in health care and strive to be consistent and accessible advocates.




What is doula certification?


A doula may recieve a document certifying they have completed a program from one or more organizations. There is no accreditation for doula trainings in the U.S., all certifying bodies as well as trainings that do not certify carry the same merit. Certifying institutions are only a guarantee that the named person has completed a specific program within that organization or institution. It is necessary to recognize the historical context of settler colonialism and white supremacy in certification, licensure, professionalism and legitimization of carework. I highly encourage all clients and doulas to research multiple programs, organizations, and curriculum. In addition, you can identify values and accountability practices though reaching out to educators and other doulas. There are many resources available on this topic, and we are happy to provide more if you reach out.We highly suggest reading the statement on certification provided by Cornerstone Doula Trainings.




What are your rates/fees?


Fees for services can be customized to fit your needs. We aim to make our services accessible to community members at all levels of income; everything we offer is available at a sliding-scale rate. Clients paying full price help support this being an option. In addition, we work in community with Pearl Collective and Death Resource Center to collectively meet the unique care needs of each client. Most services are offered at an hourly rate of $35 or as a custom package. Birth service packages often include developing a birth plan, two pre-natal visits, continuous care during your labor and delivery, and two post-natal visits at a sliding scale fee $500-2000. End-of-life service packages may include facilitation of paperwork (Advanced Directives, Living Wills, etc.), planning for physical and emotional comfort, providing wake & vigil guidance, funeral planning, companionship at bedside, and honoring grief with community members at a sliding-scale fee of $500-2000.





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