Brooke Eskilson-Patterson, CLD(CBI)
Mothers Matter Doula Care
Birth Fee: $500
Fee Details: My flat fee is $500, with an additional $50 travel fee for locations 35 miles or more from my home. However, I believe that every woman deserves a doula, and offer flexible payment plans and trade/barter agreements as needed. Please don't hesitate to discuss these options with me. I also offer a $50 discount for repeat clients.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 7 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Sacred Circle Group Leader, Northeast Kansas Doula Network Member, Doula Connect - KS Member, Attachment Parenting International Member, Birth Trauma advocacy, Miscarriage and Infant Loss advocacy, Evidence-Based Birth advocacy
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Topeka, KS
I was a little unsure if I really needed to hire a doula, but trying for a VBAC I wantedto do everything I could to raise my chances of success. Brooke was always available to listen to my worries and fears. She helped me to have confidence in myself and my body. During my short labor she had the gentle touch I needed, but also was the firm voice of support when I would feel I couldn't do it. She stills checks in on me sometimes even weeks later. Definitely a decision I'm happy I made.
Brooke was an excellent support person during my wife's delivery for our first child. She was very encouraging not just for my wife but for me as well during what could be a stressful time. She was very knowledgeable and professional through the meetings before, during and after the delivery itself. I'm so glad she was there to help me feel comfortable during the process and took a lot of pressure off of me making sure my wife was being supported fully. Brooke is a very caring person and I know she loves what she does and puts forth a lot of work making sure you have a great delivery. Thank you.
I am SO glad that I went into labor with a wonderful support team, including Brooke as my doula!! She gave me great resources and helped me think through how she and my husband could be a support for me during labor. Normally, when I’m in pain I bottle it all up and draw into myself. Brooke said that would not work with labor – and she was right!
Brooke helped me realized that I am strong. She helped me through a 27-hour-labor (including pushing for an hour and a half) on three hours of sleep and without any pain medication. She was so encouraging and helped to create an environment in which I was constantly feeling encouraged and empowered!! I became more brave and determined as I heard her positive words.
Brooke was great about thinking of little things that would help me: stroking my hair, holding my water bottle so I could get a sip, pressing a cold cloth to my forehead, or suggesting a heat pack for my back. She even suggested to my midwife that the baby might be asynclitic - and she was right! Her suggestion prompted us to work on turning the baby's head, which we did successfully!
I would definitely recommend Brooke as a doula. She has a great listening ear and put in a lot of time and effort to answer whatever questions I had!
I am very happy that we hired Brooke. My water broke and labour never started. I was given pitocin to start my labour and was very dissapointed because I had thought that I would end up needing an epidural to help with the pain. Brooke told that I could do it without if thats what I wanted. Because of Brooke and her knowledge of pain easing techniques, I was able to labor without an epidural dispite the Pitocin. I can not recommend her enough! She was fantastic. Even my husband, who stated we didn't need a doula, was impressed and happy with her. He admitted that the birth experance was much better because she was there.
Brooke was an amazing doula! I was her first client, but you'd NEVER know it. She gave me multiple resources beforehand to assist me in attempting my natural hospital delivery. She was well respected by the doctors and nurses and even they couldn't believe this was her first birth. You truly can't go wrong with her by your side!
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