Summer’s Story

My journey to serving birthing families began during my teenage years, when my mother chose to have my younger brothers at home with a midwife.  During her labor I was awestruck by her appearance, the sounds coming from her, the very energy of the birthing room.  And then, I saw my brother’s head being born…..I was hooked!  I had just seen one of the most magical and spiritual happenings in this life.  I wanted to cradle my mom and sweet baby brother in their new little cocoon.  Although it would be several years before I could put a name to that light, I believe the flame of service was lit at that very moment.  With time, that flame has grown stronger and pushed me to pursue multiple avenues of being with woman.

It is an honor to be invited into a family for such an intimate event, to bear witness to a baby coming earthside, a family finding their strength, digging deeper than they ever knew they could.  This honor is one that I do not take lightly, it comes with a fierce love and deep devotion to the families I serve.  This I do with a grateful, humble and joyful spirit.

I am a passionate advocate of many different things in this life, but my main calling is assisting families during their childbearing years. I feel that all families deserve the right to bring their children into this world in their own way, and I seek to help them realize this goal through information, education, and support. Each family has different needs and wants that affect how, when, and where the birth will happen. My role is to serve in a way that encourages both pregnant person and family to make the best decisions for them.  For more information, check out my doula services, birth classes and workshops, email me, or call me at 573-202-5386.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

* Completed ALACE (now called toLabor) Labor Assistant (Doula) training workshop of 25 hours (2007)

* Attendance in both hospital and home settings

* Mother of four high-spirited balls of joy

* Attendance during epidural anesthesia, non-medicated, and cesarean births

* Area Coordinator Rolla Friends of Missouri Midwives (2006 – present)

*Donation-Based Bereavement Doula (2012 – present)

*Volunteer Breastfeeding Counselor (Accredited 2012)

*Co-Founder, Rolla Birth Network

*Completed Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula training (2012)

9 Comments

    • peacefulbeginnings

      Hi Sarah,
      You’re in Rolla? That is AWESOME! We only have two practicing doulas (including myself) here, and two more each about thirty miles in a different direction. This area is sooo under-served. I’m actually not doing much work right now as I have a client in Dec/Jan, a client in Jan/Feb and then am due myself in March/April. I hope to be back in full swing in about a year, as far as births go, and doing postpartum work when I can. We should get together and chat about what you’re looking for. When I originally started this, I intended to have multiple doulas under one roof, so I am definitely interested in the idea of working with someone else.
      Looking forward to getting to know you,
      Summer

  1. Lynne Weixel, Ph.D.

    Hi Summer,
    I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Health Psych specialty interest) just a bit south of Rolla in Lenox. My daughter had two home midwife assisted births with a wonderful Doula helping
    in Houston, TX (years ago, now). I was there for both and always wanted a chance to get involved in some way with a Doula. Can we talk sometime?

  2. Lynne Weixel, Ph.D.

    Yes, thank you. I got it soon after I found you nearly a month ago. I’ve been busy and am heading for awhile to work in Florida. I’ll be back and forth for a few months, but I’ll check in with you when things get settled again. Thrilled that you are here!

  3. Cassie

    Hello, I live in Waynesville. I am 24 weeks pregnant with my first child and looking for a doula in the area. I understand that you are currently on Maternity leave, but do you know of any doulas that practice near my vicinity. I looked online however almost all of the doulas online only service areas near the big cities. You were the only one I found close enough. Please if you have any suggestions or recommendations please let me know. Thank you!

    • DoulaSummer

      Hi Cassie,
      I’ve sent you an email this morning. Please let me know if you don’t receive it.
      Thanks!
      Summer

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