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Brooke Volpe, CD(DONA)

Solace Birth Services, Southestern PA and NJ

Website: http://www.solacebirthservices.com

Phone: 215-804-7727

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $40

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 71 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 2 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2016
  • Active Birth Institute, November 2019
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 4 births and 1 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Lehigh Valley , Capital Health Hopewell, Princeton, Hunterdon Medical, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Abington
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
LifeCycle WomanCare Birth Center, Reading, Delaware
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Rising Moon Midwifery, Midwifery Traditions, Midwives Care Associates (Pennington, NJ), Philadelphia Midwifery Collective, Refuge Midwifery

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Training
  • VBAC Doula Certified, TENS Unit Training, Pelvic Bodywork and Fetal Positioning

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • TENS units rental

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Brooke Volpe, CD(DONA)

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Michele Stepnowski

We can't even begin to imagine our birth without Brooke. She was our lighthouse in the storm. Our birth didn't go as planned when our little one decided to come early and we had to shift from home birth to hospital birth. Brooke's guidance, expertise, knowledge provided an incredible peace of mind and calm even in a chaotic circumstances. We will be forever grateful for her unwavering presence and support to bring our little girl earth side so successfully. We highly recommend Solace Birth/Brooke to anyone seeking a birth that is educated, supported, inspired, confident and calm (even in unexpected events). Brooke offers a broad range of resources, wonderful tools and compassionate, non-judgemental, wise understanding that brings a joy, fun and empowerment to pregnancy and birth experience.

Posted 11/1/2019

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Jenn

We were so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Brooke. I reached out at the eleventh hour, panicked about how I would be able to have the birth I envisioned without the dedicated support of a doula. Brooke was on vacation but could sense my desperation and agreed to discuss working together if I hadn’t gone into labor by the time her family returned from their time away. Thankfully, all the stars aligned and we were even able to squeeze in a phone consult (and meet briefly) with Brooke before the big day. These conversations helped me think through some of the decisions I’d be asked to make during and after labor and immediately helped me feel more prepared. When the time came, Brooke came to my home to labor with me and traveled with us to the hospital. While my husband was initially somewhat skeptical of the need for a doula, he sung her praises both throughout and after the labor. She was a comforting presence who helped guide us through labor – encouraging me to try different positions and helping my husband know exactly how he could be of greatest support to me. I can’t imagine having the same experience without her there by my side.

Posted 9/30/2019

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Sarah

Brooke came into our lives as a post partum dula when I needed it the most. My preemie with reflux hardly slept, leaving me both physically and emotionally exhausted. Brooke came in and helped me any way I needed. Most importantly my infant and three year old both took to her immediately. I too connected to her, which gave me the security to practice self-care while she was here, something I desperately needed. She was also an amazing source of information, a baby guru for sure. I trusted her opinion and advise on issue I brought to her attention. She also never over stepped, having her in our home felt natural. She became a part of our family while here. The only downside is that we couldn't keep her!

 

Posted 9/5/2019

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Jordan Dixon

I cannot recommend Solace Birth Services enough to anyone interested in Childbirth Education classes, a birth doula and/or a postpartum doula. I met Brooke in Childbirth Education Training, where I observed her sincere passion for all things pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I learned a lot from her as we went through training together, and was thrilled to find out she was available to be my doula. Connecting with her is easy, she is warm, listened intently and gave thoughtful responses to my questions, concerns and thoughts. I was incredibly impressed by her intuition- she anticipated my needs in labor before I even voiced them and was always right. It felt like she was reading my mind she was so in-tune with my labor progress. Because my baby arrived early, we hadn't even had a chance to talk over my birth plan or preferred comfort measures in depth, but Brooke gave excellent suggestions and supported me in the exact ways I needed. I'll never forget her whispering in my ear "you are about to meet your baby," two pushes later, I had my baby in my arms. She made the experience truly meaningful and beautiful, I am incredibly grateful for her.

Posted 9/3/2019

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Kirsten

I’m so thankful to have met Brooke and had her as my doula! After hiring her, we took her childbirth classes to prepare for the birth of our first baby. Not only did we learn a TON, but it was also a great way to get to know her outside of our prenatal appointments.
After all of our preparation, my daughter ended up coming unexpectedly at 35 weeks via emergency c-section. Brooke and I had been texting that morning about some concerns I had, but it happened so quickly that we barely had a chance to call her before I was whisked back for surgery. Much of that day is a blur to me, but what I do remember is that Brooke was waiting when I got back to my recovery room. It was not what we planned or how we imagined our partnership would go, but let me tell you I was so thankful to have her by my side while my baby was transferred to another hospital. She stayed with my mom and I all day and was a great source of support and comfort, especially since my husband had gone to be with our baby.
I really can’t say enough good about our experience and I will definitely hire her again for any future births. No matter how you choose (or don’t choose in my case) to deliver your baby, Brooke will be a rock for you. Highly recommend!

Posted 8/18/2019

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Katie Martucci

Brooke was an amazing support before, during and after my labor and delivery. I highly recommend her as a doula!  She was extremely supportive of all my birth choices and was THE reason I was able to confidently labor at home without pain medication.  She supported everone in the birthing room to do what they needed to do by helping to keep me calm and centered - including my husband and our two amazing midwives (Midwifery Traditions). She was my guiding light - her voice got me through every contraction - and she helped me channel the pain I felt into pushing more effectively. She was patient, gentle, positive,  and always professional. If I ever decide to have a second baby, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d ask Brooke to help me theough it again.  

Posted 6/10/2019

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Melanie

I cannot say enough good things about Brooke. She is a wonderful, caring, knowledgeable human who constantly goes above and beyond expectations, not only in her career as a doula, but as a friend. She was incredibly supportive through the entire pregnancy process. During the birth, Brooke was there whenever I needed her, she knew when to adjust something or offer something, and she knew when to let me be and labor. Brooke made time for us before and after the birth. She met with us before to discuss different techniques we could use and answered any questions we had. She helped postpartum and visited just to see how everything was going and say “hi”. Brooke sent us information regarding all things pregnancy just because and is super on top of her doula game! I am so glad we found her and I will definitely hire her again for any future children!

Posted 5/2/2019

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Gina & mike kapusta

Not only was Brooke incredibly informative in helping us prepare for the birth of our second, but as soon as she arrived during labor, it was like the energy in the room shifted. It went from a bit frantic, tense and super painful, to focused, a little calmer and supported. During labor she knew everything right to say/do to keep me focused and just how to direct me to get through the pain (non medicated delivery). 


After our daughter was born, she was incredibly thoughtful and supportive. It felt like we were hanging out with a good friend! She told us the timeline that she recorded and how everything went down, and even helped calm my body back down from the jitters of exhaustion and pain. She knew just what to do for every step of the way and worked alongside my husband to be the best coaches on the crazy painful (and quick) journey we had for my daughters birth! I would and do recommend her to all expecting moms!

Posted 3/15/2019

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Elsie

The best decision we made by far to prepare for the birth of our child was hiring Brooke. Not only did she have two extensive prenatal visits and a much needed postpartum visit, but during labor and delivery, she was our lifesaver. Her prenatal visits were especially helpful for me as a first-time mom, she walked me through all my questions and answered the questions I didn't know to ask! I couldn't have asked for a better way to prepare for labor. During labor, my husband and I honestly can't imagine how we would have gotten through without Brooke. She was somehow exactly what we needed at each moment, strong, comforting, reassuring, I could go on forever! Bottom line is you want to hire this amazing woman! She is the reason I look back at the birth of my child and smile. We will 100% be returning to her for the birth of any future children.

Posted 3/11/2019

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Amy

We hired Brooke as our birth doula for our second child. Brooke was awesome to work with! She has so much knowledge surrounding labor and birth, I was suprised at how much I didn’t know or hadn’t learned from my first birth. Brooke was available to me for any questions or concerns that I had. It was comforting knowing that her support was only a text or a phone call away. I highly recommend Brooke to anyone because of her vast knowledge and skill set. We had a wonderful birth and we are thankful that Brooke was a part of it. 

Posted 2/22/2019

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Megan Mattingly

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.

Posted 12/6/2018

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Maggie Mann

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! 

Posted 11/29/2018

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Karyn Ruark Brown

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.

Posted 11/28/2018

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Cory Fischer-Hoffman

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.

Posted 11/28/2018

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Miffy Grubb

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.

Posted 11/12/2018

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Lauren Fuller

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.

Posted 8/6/2018

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Jennifer Spicer

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!

Posted 8/5/2018

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Jenna Bennett

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.  

Posted 8/4/2018

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Maura Guzek


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.

Posted 12/5/2017

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Jen Schuster

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!

Posted 11/20/2017

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Kristen Greenawalt

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!

Posted 8/29/2017

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Kirsten Sebright

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!

Posted 8/23/2017

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Nicole Stewart

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.

Posted 8/23/2017

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Katie Pomon

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!

 

 

Posted 8/23/2017

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