Birth Fee: Not specified
Fee Details: 1 consultation, 2 prenatal appointments, 15 hours labor/birth support, immediate postpartum and 1 postpartum visit (26 hours of support total)
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 40 births attended
Clients per Month: 2 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Doylestown, PA
We loved having Brooke as our doula for our first child and a trusted friend and advisor for our second (we had moved away for our second which is the only reason we didn't bring her on as our doula again). It was important to us to have someone who was knowledgeable and available to answer questions whenever we had them, acknowledge our fears and speak with us honestly about them, and advise us on the options that we had for our children's births. We loved having someone that never made us feel like we were less than because we didn't know the answer or had concerns. In the end we would absolutely invite Brooke to be our doula again and encourage anyone we know to do the same.
My husband was a bit skeptical at first, but later professed how much he appreciated Brooke being at our son's birth. That meant a lot to me. We did most of the laboring at home and it was a relief to have someone to guide us through the process. We absolutely LOVED our birthing experience! My husband and I did not feel like she was intruding. She allowed my husband to be as involved as he wanted to be. Brooke was a tremendous cheerleader. She was so helpful to us she shared our experience again with our second born. I highly recommended Doula Brooke Volpe!
Brooke attended the birth of my son, Caleb. She was an amazing resource prior to his birth, and really helped me to feel at ease with my birth preparations. While in early labor, she was helpful with positioning and comfort suggestions, but unobtrusive. She has a wonderful way of reading people and knowing what you need, and is so easy to talk to and be around. She helped me to weigh options when we needed to make decisions on when to head to the hospital, without pressuring me way or the other. Brooke was a calm and steady presence for me and my husband when I had a very intense birth and complications after, and I am so thankful we had her there to support us, physically and emotionally. I absolutely recommend her as a doula, anyone would be lucky to have her support their labor and birth.
Brooke was a fantastic doula. She brough a calm, supportive presence to pregnancy and birth. She was easy to get a long with, she had a lot of love and respect for my partner and I and she actively supported our connection through pregnancy and birth. She was amazing at our birth. She was reliable and stayed in touch, when I went in to labor she communicated with me and waited until we invited her to come, ater which she arrived within an hour (about the time it took to drive from her place to mine.) She took over communication with the home birth midwives and she seemed to navigate her many roles with grace, flexibility and care. There were moments when she actively worked with me in labor to help assess what might be productive and other times that she gave me or me and my partner space to connect with each other and my intuition. She was helpful in every way. She also gives great hip squeezes-which was essential for me! When I transfered to the hospital afer a slow labor, Brooke really helped to navigate care and she was attentive and patient with me every step of the way. She was a cheerleader when it came time to push and she shared the beautiful moment of our baby entering the world. She really seemed to sense when to step up and when to lay back and I was impressed at her ability to work with me, my partner, our midwives, doctors and nurses in this way. She advocated for my needs but navigated many cicumstances and people with ease and competancy. Her process of advocating for me was never adversarial but was still resolute. She was a calm, experienced and welcome presence at our birth and I highly recommend her.
I can only say positive things about our whole experience with Brooke: She was a delight from the very first meeting to our postpartum visit, and I highly recommend her. As new arrivals to America and its medical system, we chose to have a doula to guide us through it all, little did we know that Brooke would offer so much more support than that. She has a natural instinct with people, getting to know our needs, and quirks (!), to know what was important to us, and what tools practices would be most suitable for our specific personalities birth hopes.
During the labour there were some peaks and troughs, Brooke was ever present, ever mindful of how best to help, encourage, calm, or champion us. She was an absolute rock. I am convinced that her presence, along with a midwife, gave us the added courage and support we needed to stall further medical interventions just long enough to achieve our birth goals. Every nurse or midwife present later commented how wonderful our doula was, and concurred how lucky we knew we were to have her on our team.
If there is ever a second baby on the horizon, Brooke would be the first to know.
Brooke is one of kind and an exceptional doula. Having a traumatic birth with my first daughter, I knew I needed things to be different the second time around. We had a doula the first time but she didn’t support us in the ways we needed. After interviewing many doulas, I knew She was it after spending just a bit of time together.
Brooke helped give me and our family the courage to have a peaceful, healing and beautiful home-birth. She helped ease anxieties leading up to our birthing day. Brooke always made herself available and truly cared for me.
When the beautiful day arrived, she joined us at our house and was there helping ease any pain where she could. Constantly offering just the right amount of support and reading my body language and just knowing what I needed. Not only did Brooke offer her support during labor, she helped prepare teas, made my smoothies afterwards and helped the midwife clean up. There is no one else I would recommend more.
Brooke Volpe with Solace Birth Services was an incredible source of support for my husband and I during the end of our pregnancy and through the birth of our daughter through a successful VBAC, which I truly believe was made possible because of the education she provided or suggested, the conversations she encouraged us to have and mostly the techniques she taught us to support baby and Mom. She taught us coping techniques for pregnancy and labor that were very helpful and effective like rebozo support, TENS unit and massage to mention a few. She was always there when we needed her. She is very quick to respond in her very kind and soothing manor and is very knowledgeable about birthing options in the Philadelphia area and suburban counties. I truly believe all pregnant mothers deserve a Brooke!
Brooke is amazing! She educates you and supports you in so many ways throughout the time you work with her. Brooke is extremely respectful of your decisions and works hard to help the birth be what you want and need. I can't imagine what I would have done without her. She was so helpful for both my husband and I during a very long labor. I know she helped my daughter arrive in the best way possible.
Brooke was an invaluable support during my birth process. Leading up to labor, I was really nervous and frankly scared to go through labor. I didn't know what to expect and wasn't sure if I wanted to have a natural labor or an epidural, but I knew I needed some extra support either way. Brooke meet with my husband and me prior to labor to teach us labor support techniques and talk through my fears was SO reassuring. I went from being scared of labor to feeling confident. When I did go into labor, it was so reassuring to be able to call Brooke and have her arrive at my house to help me labor at home. My husband and I acknowledge that we both had no idea what we were doing, so having Brooke there to offer suggestions for how to manage labor pain was huge. I honestly can't imagine what it would have been like to be in labor without Brooke's help! Although I did eventually decide to have an epidural, Brooke enabled me to come to that decision feeling empowered. She was incredibly reassuring and professional from start to finish. I strongly recommend working with her.
If you are pregnant and contemplating having a doula to support you during labor, Brooke is amazing. I know I would not have been able to get through Mary's birth without her. She was worth every penny.
She can help with not only home birth but also in the hospital. She's calm, focused and one of the sweetest people I've ever met. After meeting her, my husband and I knew she was "the one," haha. She was also great with my 8 year old son. She cares not only about your needs as a mother to be, but just as much about dads-to-be and their role during birth, which meant a lot to me and my husband. She's a natural! I’m so thankful I found Brooke!
My husband and I are beyond grateful to Brooke for being there for us before, during and after the labor of our baby girl. Brooke is an amazing person, with so much knowledge and passion about the beauty of childbirth. She helped me to truly believe that I could birth my baby naturally, without fear. Thanks to Brooke I am so proud and thankful for my experience and feel blessed that she entered our lives. We hands down recommend Brooke and will definitely seek her out for our future babies!
I am not sure where to even begin this review. A good friend and former colleague connected me with Brooke after learning I was pregnant with my second child. Since having my first son I not only became more holistic in my lifestyle but also a little more aware of the unnatural "birth protocols" these days after having more friends being pregnant, being induced, having long labors and sadly (like me) semi traumatic birth experiences. I was induced at 41 weeks with my first son and after laboring nearly two days before meeting him I kept thinking there had to be options, this wasn't and didn't feel normal and natural. My husband and I met Brooke over midway through our second pregnancy. She was super down to earth, compassionate and educated (!). Our first "interview" alone was worth hiring her. We both learned so much in those first few hours, I felt empowered, encouraged and for the first time excited about giving birth again. Not only did we then choose to switch to a midwifery practice for this pregnancy (thanks to Brooke's insight and encouragement - based on our wishes, preferences and choices) but I felt INFORMED and IN CONTROL at every appointment and at every point through the delivery of my son. Long story short, Brooke was an incredible "on call support" the final weeks of my pregnancy and supported us through a quick labor at home and super quick delivery at the hospital (10 minutes!). It was an unmedicated birth and THE most beautiful, amazing and empowering moment of my life. I am grateful we had Brooke on our support team. I have no doubt we had the BEST team around us. I am so thankful we found each other and for the experience I had. I truly hope and pray every mother gets to experience the beauty and power of bringing a child into the world knowing she has choices, a voice and others fully supporting her! If you are reading this and considering hiring Brooke, just do it! you will not regret it. Thank you Brooke!
When I first met Brooke I felt like I had known her for years. She is so friendly, easy to talk to and truly cares. She took the time to get to know me and my husband, what we're like together and what our likes are separately so she could better understand how she could help us both during the birth. The last visit we had before baby was born at home was all about comfort measures and how she could effectively help me during birth, the massage balls were my favorite!! Brooke answered her phone in the middle of the night with complete alertness when my water broke and knew the exact questions to ask and advice to give to keep me calm. She came when I requested and jumped right in to assisting me through labor. My husband and I are extremely grateful for her knowledge, gentleness, and complete attentiveness throughout the labor and birth of our first child. I would absolutely recommend Solace Birth Services to anyone having a baby, the love and support from a doula is indescribable.
I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for Brooke! From the first time I spoke with her on the phone, I appreciated her calming spirit, open mind, and gems of wisdom. Throughout my pregnancy, Brooke remained my "go to person" and was always available to answer my questions or provide insight. Furthermore, her prenatal visitation provided both my fiance and I feeling calm and equipped for labor.
Though I had planned to labor at home for the majority of the time, plans quickly changed when we found out there was no amniotic fluid. As a result, I ended up laboring at the hospital. As soon as Brooke arrived, she immediately changed the environment of the hospital to feel more like home. The lights were dimmed, flameless candles brought out, and music began to play. Her subtle actions helped shift my mindset to one of being centered, mindful, and calm. Throughout labor, she remained a vital support and calming presence for both myself and my fiance. She always knew exactly what I needed without me needing to say a word.
Even after the baby arrived, Brooke has continued to be an incredible resource, mentor, and friend. She is clearly passionate about her work and truly has a servants heart. I am incredibly thankful and blessed to have found her! She is absolutely amazing!
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