Testimonials of Doula Supported Births
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
Penn Medicine – Princeton Health (Princeton, NJ)
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 M
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 P
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)
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
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
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
Home Birth – Rising Moon Midwifery
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 K
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 C
Home Birth – Rising Moon Midwifery (Kate and Tyler)
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 D
Home Birth – Rising Moon Midwifery
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 H
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 B
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 G
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 F
Home Birth – Beautiful Beginnings
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 H
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 G
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 E
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 S
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 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 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 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.
-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 S
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 G
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 C
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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 S
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 M
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 M
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!