Birth and Postpartum Doula Support - Birth Stories
I highly recommend using Brooke as your doula. After a somewhat of a traumatic first birth experience that resulted in a C-section, I knew I wanted a VBAC for my second. I knew I needed to have a birth team supportive of this and experienced. Brooke was the most helpful and key person who helped me to achieve this. My labor started suddenly and ramped up to active labor within an hour. Through Brooke’s calm encouraging words and expertise (helping me get into the right positions), I felt fully supported. I went on to have an unmedicated VBAC – truly what I dreamt of (although I know you can’t really control everything), but I really credit Brooke to helping me get there mentally, emotionally, as well as physically (she gives some exercises to do during pregnancy to help position baby). I will be hiring Brooke again if we should decide to have another child. Thank you so much Brooke – you have a gift!
– Audrey and Justin
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (East Norriton, PA)
We started working with Brooke in the first trimester and it was our first pregnancy. She was recommended by our naturopath as we wanted a natural, home birth. Brooke was able to walk us through choosing the right provider, asking the important questions, that I was doing everything I could to be healthy. We immensely enjoyed her childbirth class. It was with only two other couples, so we had ample time to ask our questions and it felt intimate enough to share personal details, hopes, fears, and even make friends. All of this is exceptional in itself and it would have exceeded our expectations, but what happened next was truly life-saving. I ended up having a placental abruption at 35 weeks and had to have an emergency C-section in a hospital I had never been to and in the lockdown because of the pandemic. We had not prepared our home for the baby yet and we did not have anything with us when we rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night. Brooke not only provided constant emotional support and invaluable information about how to communicate with the doctors and other providers in this unexpected situation, but she also used the postpartum time we booked to completely organize our nursery and prepare the home for our return after two weeks in the NICU. She also put together hospital bags for me and my husband as we could not leave the hospital because of the lockdown. She came to the hospital multiple times, brought nourishing food, and it was the highlight of my whole day when I could glimpse Brooke over her face mask at the far end of the hospital reception. All of this while taking care of other clients and her family as well, who were all home because of the virus as well.The best way to describe what Brooke meant to us is that she was someone we could trust and lean on in the most difficult of times and know that she would be there and help in ways we could not even think to ask.
– Sofija and Emilijan
St. Mary Medical (Langhorne, PA)
I highly recommend Brooke as a postpartum doula. We worked with Brooke for a few weeks around the time my baby was 4 weeks old. As first time parents, we wanted to learn the basics and catch up on some much needed sleep. She has a great positive attitude and is warm and friendly. She taught us how to bathe the baby, pace feed, how to read her cries, and gave me tips on breastfeeding/latching. I would joke that when Brooke would visit, it was like having a spa day, since I woke up that morning feeling so much more refreshed. She was attentive and caring to my daughter and was a pro at getting her to fall asleep. We have learned so much from her and are forever grateful!
I just wanna say thank you to Brooke. She was my doula for my first baby and hopefully for the rest of my children!! Right away she made me feel super comfortable. She was super patient and so knowledgeable and would take her time with me step-by-step! With my pregnancy I found out a little bit later on that my baby was breech and with all the help and knowledge that Brooke help me with I did everything I could to flip my baby.
– Mackenzie and Sam
Guidance, support and connection made all the difference during my pregnancy especially during my labor & delivery. To my guardian angel, Brooke. Our story goes way back to childhood and ironically the universe crossed our paths 20 plus years later to help foster my birth with courage, determination and love. It’s important to note that it doesn’t matter how you give birth. We all have our own story but it is important to play an active role in it.
Brooke, we need more of you in this world. You helped me focus on the beauty of giving birth, you made the pain & intensity seem meaningless, you reminded me that it’s only temporary and to picture myself moving through each contraction with my babe. You never made me feel alone. You made me feel empowered and what a hell of woman I am. I’m forever grateful for you, your work and your passion for birth education. So much love for you!
– Amanda and Matthew
Having Brooke by our side as we delivered our first baby was something we are beyond thankful for. Her support and love guided us through our new journey. Her ability to teach us so many tricks and tools before we had our baby gave us the confidence we needed as first time parents. She becomes your family. Brooke is the reason I was able to have the birth I was dreaming about!
– Amanda and Jonathan O
Virtua Voorhees (Voorhees, NJ)
Cherry Hill, OBGYN
My husband and I decided we wanted a bigger family, a sibling for our son. We were overjoyed when the pregnancy happened. Then, we realized that another baby could mean another c-section. I couldn’t comprehend the idea of a surgical recovery while taking care of a toddler, so I opted for a VBAC. A friend suggested hiring a doula. Initially, I was skeptical at having a stranger on at one of the most intimate moments of my life. My husband thought the extra support would be great. After our first conversation with Brooke, I knew this was exactly what I needed to support my through my VBAC goals. From the beginning, Brooke offered suggestions along with plenty of evidence and rationale to support her ideas. She allowed me the space to make my own informed decision and respected my choices. We met with her twice for prenatal visits. She reviewed techniques we could use to help me labor at home. Brooke was always just a phone call or text away when I had questions during the pregnancy. On my actual day of delivery, Brooke was a guardian angel for my husband and me. There were several times that I was scared with each curveball and change of labor. But, Brooke’s reassurance, guidance and support helped us to continue to navigate towards the goal of a vaginal birth. She has such a calm and gentle way of guiding you exactly where you need to be in the moment. I can’t imagine what this whole experience would have been like without her, I truly would have been lost. My husband and I believe that choosing to work with Brooke is one of best choices we have ever made. There are not enough kind words to express my gratitude for Brooke’s support while giving birth.
– Leah and Alex R
Penn Medicine – Princeton Health (Princeton, NJ)
I feel so lucky to have found Brooke as my Doula. Brooke was so helpful in easing my anxiety after having an incredibly challenging delivery with my first. Brooke was very empathetic and sensitive to my birth story and my feelings around it. She was incredibly knowledgeable in regards to the mechanics of labor and was able to explain to me what she suspected were some of the problems with my first labor and how she planned to prevent them from happening again with this second pregnancy. I’d chosen to have a hospital birth and she arrived so quickly after our initial call. She came prepared with beautiful twinkly lights and birth affirmations which she hung in our room. She dimmed the lights to provide a more calming ambiance. She came prepared with so many helpful birth tools- a multitude of positioning suggestions, the TENS unit (which was AMAZING), counterpressure/massage, spikey balls to squeeze in my hands to distract me from the pain, and the robozzo scarf. At one point my son had flipped and was on the right side (which was what had happened with my daughter) and she was able to use the robozzo to help flip him back to the left side! She was an advocate for me with the nursing staff and my midwife. She heard my concerns and my wishes and was so respectful of all aspects around my birth. I can’t express how grateful I am for her services. My birth ended up being 8 hours with pushing for about 15 minutes, a drastic difference from my first which was 65 hours and 2.5 hours of pushing. I felt as though the entire process was SO healing and I am so pleased with how everything went. We could not have had this outcome without Brooke!
– Kimberly and Dave
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (East Norriton, PA)
We are so happy that we hired Brooke to be our birth doula. She was an integral part of our birth team with her calming, warm presence and incredible knowledge of labor and birth. It was very important to me to have a non-medicated birth and Brooke gave me the confidence and tools to make this happen. Our prenatal meetings and the Connected Childbirth Classes prepared us with comfort measure options, guided us through questions that might come up during labor, and helped us solidify our birth preferences. Brooke is easy to communicate with, and was quick to answer my questions via phone call, text, and email throughout my pregnancy and labor. Her presence during early labor allowed me to stay at home for as long as possible, guiding me through positions and comfort measures to help my labor progress. The TENS unit she lent us was a huge help in staying focused and calm during the first half of my labor. She answered her phone at 1am in the morning, arrived at our house at 3am, and supported us all day through labor until baby was born in the evening. She was an incredible source of strength that we both relied on. Having Brooke as our doula allowed my partner to focus on emotional support, and took away the worry of managing the situation on his own. Brooke is such a kind and giving person and a joy to work with. She even brought us Wawa hoagies for after baby was born (just what we needed when the hospital cafeteria was closed), and our cat loves her as well. I strongly encourage every birthing person to hire a doula, and Brooke gets our highest recommendations.
– Sara and Andrew
Capital Health – Hopewell (Pennington, NJ)
Brooke came into our lives as a postpartum doula 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 advice 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!
– Sarah and Youseff
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.
– Michele and Michael
Capital Health – Hopewell (Pennington, NJ)
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.
– Jordan and Brian
Penn Medicine – Princeton Health (Princeton, NJ)
I hired Brooke in my 27th week of pregnancy and it was the best decision for me and my husband — I intended to have a natural birth in a hospital but ended up with an unplanned c section – Brooke was great during my prenatal period – she was always so prompt with email and text which was very important to me — she was really outstanding during my actual delivery – she stuck with me (either in person or via phone) for the 3 days I was in labor – while I felt helpless at times I never felt alone and always felt supported – with her there I was able to make my own decisions regarding my medical treatment and not feel rushed or overlooked – I highly recommend anyone who is looking for some extra support to consider Brooke’s services – my husband and I are forever grateful 🙏
– Priya and Arup
I did not have the honor to have Brooke beside me as I gave birth to my baby because I gave birth in the car on the way to our birth center but I was lucky enough to experience the overwhelming amount of support that she provides when I had false labor. Two days before my daughter was born, I drove to the birth center with strong contractions that gradually slowed and stopped. During the few hours that I was there, Brooke immediately went to work to make sure I was comfortable, implementing ALL of the methods that we discussed prior in our meetings to help bring our baby earthside as easily and naturally as possible. She arrived to the birth center before we did and made sure our room was ready and that we had everything we needed. The level of involvement and care she provides is unparalleled to any of the doulas that I have spoken with. You can tell that this is something she’s passionate about and puts her entire soul and being into her work. She was always easy to reach and always answered any questions and concerns we had within minutes. The morning I gave birth, I called her and stayed in contact with her as we decided to head to the birth center. She was with my husband on the phone as he delivered our baby in the backseat of our car. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for her support and I wholeheartedly recommend her to all pregnant mamas. She’s a walking encyclopedia when it comes pregnancy, labor, delivery, babies. Very knowledgeable. Definitely would come to her again.
– Anna and Andrew
LifeCycle WomanCare/Bryn Mawr (Bryn Mawr, PA)
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!
– Kirsten and Ronnie
Let me start by saying that my husband and I deeply love Brooke. She came into our lives a month before our child’s due date and I know she will forever be in our lives. What Brooke does for a living can only be described as the work of a saint and that is the word that describes this woman and what she is for us.
Brooke met with us twice before our due date to get to know us as a couple and understand what is important to us. She HEARD us and made sure what we said is exactly what played out in the delivery room. She also reviewed useful comfort measures with us so we were as prepared as we could be.
When it was time to get ready for delivering our child, Brooke was there by phone guiding us and empowering us to make our own decisions based off of evidenced based research. She never told us what to do, but simply gave us a wealth of information so we could make our own educated decision. I always felt supported by her throughout the entire process. When it was time for active labor, Brooke came in like a BOSS with all her experience and helped me with comfort measures as I was practicing hypnobirthing. What I can remember from my birthing experience is that Brooke felt like this angel who came by me throughout the labor with such comforting words of encouragement and peace. She was there for my husband and mom to remind them to take rest and worked so well with the professional staff at the hospital.
I never knew what a Doula was prior to becoming pregnant. Now that I have gone through the process of delivering a human into this world, I see that a Doula is God’s gift to a woman and her family during one of the most life changing times in a family’s life. We met with Brooke two weeks postpartum and reviewed the entire delivery process with her. She will still reach out and provide us with resources, an ear to listen and words of encouragement.
We chose Brooke as our Doula because of her beautiful spirit, her sense of humor, her non-judgmental way of being as well as her use of evidence based research. Brooke takes the time to be abreast of current research, which made me feel confident in her as a mentor in the birthing process. I highly recommend Brooke to anyone who is considering a Doula. She is a beautiful human.
-Naveena and Raja
Hypnobirth – Hunterdon Medical Center (Flemington, NJ)
I’ve worked with many doulas in my years as a midwife (since 2002); Brooke is top notch. She knows exactly what she should be doing at all times and asks how she can help if she is free. I highly recommend her to my clients, she’s a pleasure to work with for many different types of parent personalities. You can’t go wrong choosing her to attend your birth.
-Kate Aseron – CPM
Chester Springs, PA
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 everyone 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 (Kathy and Kamil, 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 through it again.
-Katie M & Tom K
Home Birth – Midwifery Traditions/Kathy Hindle
Hiring Brooke as my doula was the best decision I ever made. She is such an genuine, caring person, which became clear as soon as I met her. She is so passionate about what she does and about helping women have their best birth experience. Brooke helped me find a new care provider that fit what I was looking for and I am so thankful that she helped support me in this process to end up having my dream birth experience. She made my husband and I feel so supported & comfortable. She was not only an amazing support to me, but my husband as well. I’m so happy that he was able to have her support so he was then able to feel confident and safe about labor to be the best support for me. I can’t imagine having gone through labor and delivery without Brooke’s encouragement. I am so grateful for having her as my doula.
– Maurya and Julius
Home Birth – Rising Moon Midwifery (Kate and Tyler)
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.
– Amy and Jeremy
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!
-Gina and Mike
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!
-Melanie and Nathaniel
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 andI 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.
-Elsie and Jesse
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.
-Karyn and Julian
I can only say positive things about our whole experience with Brooke: She was a delight from our very first meeting to our postpartum visit. 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 Brooke was ever present, ever mindful of how best to help, encourage, calm, or champion us. She was an absolute rock. Everyone involved later commented how wonderful our doula was, and how lucky were to have her on our team.
If there is ever a second baby on the horizon, Brooke would be the first to know.
-Miffy and Tom
LifeCycle WomanCare Birth Center/Bryn Mawr Hospital (Bryn Mawr, PA)
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.
-Lauren and Devin
Brooke 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!
– Jenny and Patrick
I was referred to Brooke by the doula I had for the birth of my son 7 years ago. She was unavailable to be by my side for the birth of my second child and highly recommended Brooke. After reading wonderful reviews and speaking to Brooke on the phone I knew she was the right fit. It’s intimidating/scary to invite a stranger into such an intimate life event. But I got to know her and had her support through my entire pregnancy and when the big day finally arrived Brooke fit in seamlessly to how I had planned. She supported me in so many ways emotionally and physically to help keep my labor progressing naturally. I could not have asked for a better experience with the labor and delivery of my second child, largely if not all due to Brooke’s support. I can not recommend Brooke enough!
-Lindsay and Micah
Brooke is absolutely wonderful!!! My husband and I cannot express our gratitude enough. She has such a calming presence and such an amazing love of childbirth. Because of her I was able to have the natural birth I hoped and planned for despite being in a hospital setting with my first child! I was able to get through my birth without fear. She truly added to our birth experience and has been an amazing resource postpartum, especially because I’m a first time Mommy! I would recommend her over and over!
-Nicole and Mike
Brooke was fantastic – really an amazing support for me and my husband. As soon as we had our initial meeting I knew she was the doula for me. She was incredibly knowledgeable about so many different things and I could tell she knew her stuff. This was our 4th baby/birth but our first time using a doula! And even though my labor and delivery was super quick, Brooke remained calm and supportive the entire time!
-Dana and Raz
Brooke is amazing. She answered my calls in the middle of the night and walked my husband and I through the process. When labor progressed she held my hand and helped ease the pain. She also helped calm my husband and my nerves. Brooke also helped with our family. She sat with us all day and night when I was in labor. We feel like she is part of our family now. We were so happy she came to Jackson’s party after he was born. Our family welcomed her also and we all made a lasting friendship. I would highly recommend getting a doula and Brooke is the best.
-Stacy and Eric
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.
Brooke was a fantastic doula. She brought a calm, supportive presence to pregnancy and birth. She was easy to get along 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 into labor she communicated with me and waited until we invited her to come, after 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 after 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 circumstances and people with ease and competency. 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.
-Cory and Eli H
Rising Moon Midwifery/Reading Hospital (Reading, PA)
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.
-Nicole and Stephan
Rising Moon Midwifery – Home Birth
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!
-Kristen and Chris
Bryn Mawr Hospital (Bryn Mawr, PA)
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 fiancé 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 fiancé. 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!
-Katie and Ron
Blue Bell, PA
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-Jen and Will S
Rising Moon Midwifery/Home Birth
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. We were sold on Brooke the moment we met. 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! Or if you have any more questions feel free to reach out. Thank you Brooke!
-Kirsten and Michael
Blue Bell, PA
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery (East Norriton, PA)
(Michael Sebright) So things finally settled down enough to give this amazing lady a shout out. From the first moment I met Brooke I was completely impressed. After having our son Liam and experiencing what was one of the most traumatic events for my wife and I, we both were really worried about birth of our second child. Without much conversation really and kind of out of the blue my wife requested we speak to a doula. We met with Brooke about a month or so later. With in minutes I was sold. No questions asked! Her knowledge, support, and guidance was clear. She was here not just to help this baby come into the world more easily, but rather help us craft what that experience and process would look like. She clearly allowed me to be the husband and support my wife, but provided both of us a resource to keep all of our options in front of us. In the end we would stay at home until the very last minute, head to the hospital, deliver a baby in 10 mins (truck still running no joke), and welcome little James to the family in an amazing way. My wife was empowered and fully supported and my ability to care for her only more supported by Brooke’s care and guidance in the background. She made this one of the most amazing moments of my life hands down. Thank you for your care!
I gave birth to my daughter January 2017. Brooke Volpe was my doula and I cannot say enough about the support she gave and the wonderful person she is. Brooke met with my husband and me before the birth to help us make informed decisions about our birth plan. She respected our wishes and was careful to inform but not persuade our feelings towards what we wanted for our daughter’s birth. Throughout labor, Brooke helped me manage contractions, stay focused and positive, and reinforce my birth plan with nurses and doctors that were present. I had a long labor, and I cannot put into words the kind of support Brooke was able to give to both my husband and me. Brooke supported us in navigating any changes that needed to be made to the birth plan by teaching us the correct questions to ask the nurses and doctors. She was also a huge support emotionally. After the birth, Brooke has helped with questions about our newborn and the adjustments we are going through as first-time parents. Brooke has become like family to us because of her commitment to her job as a doula, and also because of the amazing person she is. My husband and I could not have been happier with the decision we made to have Brooke as the doula at our daughter’s birth.
-Jenna and Jon
Grand View Hospital (Sellersville, PA)
While I realize that I may be biased, I cannot say enough good things about Brooke. She is an incredible person who cares very deeply for her clients, friends, and family. For us, having a doula was important because we were having our first child and wanted to try to go all natural. While that course did not become actuality (I ended up having a C-section due to a breech baby), Brooke was there for us every step of the way and adjusted herself to our needs. She helped us feel like even though we were not able to control the method of the birth of our daughter, that we were still able to make decisions and choices in regards to how we (and she) were treated before, during, and after her birth. I would definitely recommend having a doula for your pregnancy and birth and I personally am so thankful that our doula was/is Brooke.
-Megan and Destiny
LifeCycle WomanCare/Bryn Mawr Hospital (Bryn Mawr, PA)
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. I would recommend her to anyone and would use her again for baby #2 when the time comes. Thank you, Brooke, I’m so glad you were a part of this new chapter of our lives!
-Maggie and Marc
Riverside, New Jersey
Valley Birth Place and Woman Care (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
First, I LOVE BROOKE!!! After a very traumatic first birth experience, the first thing I knew I wanted with my second was an awesome doula. After interviewing a few, it was evident that Brooke was the most professional and her personality was awesome! Through our initial meeting and preparation discussions, she was always encouraging and informative and very supportive of the duel partnership of her and my husband in supporting me. If there was ever something that she wasn’t aware of, she would educate herself on it to help us better understand our options. She gave us a “toolbox” of questions and phrases to have prepared so we were able to communicate effectively with our doctors. She was always fun, compassionate and down to earth in all of our meetings and conversations. She urged me to call her at any time with any questions and I knew she would always be available for me. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, I needed to have an emergency c section without going into labor so I was unable to use her support through the actual birth process. She did, however, give me sound advice and encouragement with the questions that I did have leading up to this decision and with the healing after. She is constantly educating herself on everything pregnancy and birth related. I have and will continue to refer friends to her. She was a true blessing throughout our time with her and I was able to be calm through my pregnancy, largely due to her support. Thank you Brooke!