You're preparing to adopt a newborn, but you have so many questions!

When are you going to find time to go to group class? Is that class created specifically for adoptive parents?

How are you both supposed to know how to soothe and care for this little person?

There's so much baby gear on the market, how do you know what you really need?






  • Feeding the baby
  • Bathing the baby
  • When to call the doctor
  • Why the baby might be crying & ways to soothe him/her 
  • What should baby wear during the day? What should baby sleep in? We discuss it all and there is a step-by-step video.
  • Ways to bond with the baby
  • What you need for the first 30 days with the baby & a printable checklist
  • Why the baby is waking
  • Answers to the questions I'm most often asked about sleep
  • Steps to take from day one to get good sleep habits in place
  • How to perform CPR for infants 0-1 year
  • What to do if your infant is choking
  • Infant First Aid: 8 reasons you might need to call 911
    *This is not a CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Some things to consider before you register or shop for your baby
  • When, where and what to register or shop for
  • What these products are and why you need them (or why you don't)
  • My Must Haves & Maybes printable list!


  • 11 Things you can do now, before the baby arrives, that will make life easier in the first weeks and months.
  • My Hotel Stay with a Newborn checklist!
  • My Pediatrician Q & A printable!



"As a PICU Nurse I spend a lot of time around babies but having my own was a huge learning curve.  I liked that the classes were online so I could do it at my own pace, at home on my couch, in sweat pants. 

 -Celia's Mom

EXPECTING 101. . . You're Adopting!


  • Immediate access to all 5 chapters!

  • 4 helpful printables!

  • Watch and re-watch anytime for the next 2 years!




Certificate of Completion Available!

Hi, I'm Valerie.

I teach expectant parents what they need to know to feel confident and prepared when their baby arrives!
I'm a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula (PCD), a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and the mother of three, including a set of twins! 
For years I've worked in the homes of new families immediately after the birth of their babies.  I understand that preparing to adopt is both exciting and overwhelming. In this course I have answered the questions that I'm most often asked and put together the information that I really feel like adoptive families need to know!
From what gear these little people require to how to care for and feed them, I've totally got you covered on this new parent thing!

You might have some questions. . .

Definitely! After you have watched all the videos, shoot me an email ([email protected]) requesting a certificate.


Immediately! After your payment is processed you will receive an email to set up your course login and password and then you can start watching! 

The course is divided into five chapters; Baby Gear, Newborn Care & Soothing, Sleep, Preparing for Baby and Bonding, Dressing & more.  

There is about 3 hours of course content.  Each chapter is divided into short videos that are on average 5-10 minutes long.  I did this so that watching a video or two per night, or whenever you have time, doesn't feel overwhelming. Hopefully, you and your partner can find time to watch most sections together.

There are 25 videos. 

Don't feel overwhelmed, some videos are just 2 or 3 minutes long and some are longer. 

I split the course into many videos so that watching one chapter did not feel overwhelming. 

I know this is a lot of info to take in and I've done my best to get right to the point so that you are making the best use of your time!

No, you can watch the chapters in any order you'd like to!

I do recommend watching the videos in each chapter in order and completing one chapter before moving on to the next but it's totally up to you! You'll be able to see which videos you've watched so you'll know where you left off. 

You have access to the course for 2 years from the date of purchase.  

I understand that adoption can be a long process and I want you to be able to access this information when the baby is born. That way you can re-watch any sections you'd like to as you encounter different situations.

I want you to be happy with your purchase! I think you're going to feel like you're saving time (because you won't need to go to group classes) and money (on unnecessary baby gear). And most importantly, I think you'll feel more confident and prepared for life with a newborn. But, what if you don't feel that way? Then I will give you your money back!

If you go through the course and are not satisfied send me an email within 14 days of purchase.  The only thing I ask is, that before your money is refunded, we have a quick 15 minute phone call so I can find out how to better improve the course. 

But again, I think you're going to love Expecting 101!

(No refund is available after your certificate of completion has been issued.)



"Figuring out exactly what we needed to buy felt overwhelming.  You're trying to prepare for something you've never done before, how do you know what you're going to need? Valerie had such good advice & good suggestions on how to figure out what will fit for our life."

                 -Max's Mom


I want to be sure you're happy!

Expecting 101. . .You're Adopting! is a comprehensive course that covers a ton of information. As far as I know there isn't anything like it!
I think you're going to love the convenience of being able to watch from the comfort of your home whenever you want to.  And, being able to re-watch as you encounter different situations will be reassuring. 
If for some reason you go through the course and are not satisfied with Expecting 101 please send me an email within 14 days of purchase.  The only thing I ask is that, before your money is refunded, we have a quick 15 minute phone call so I can find out how to better improve the course! No refund is available after a certificate of completion has been issued.
But again, I think you're going to love Expecting 101!

EXPECTING 101 . . . You're Adopting!


  • Immediate access to all 5 chapters!

  • Four helpful printables!

  • Watch and re-watch anytime for the next 2 years! 




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