Learn now how to understand your baby's unique language

So that feeding goes more smoothly, you get more sleep & baby is safe, content & thriving



Learn now how to understand your baby's unique language

So that feeding goes more smoothly, you get more sleep & baby is safe, content & thriving


"I would absolutely recommend your class to anyone!"

Being a new mommy is an absolute dream. I want to thank you so much for your class. It has helped me tremendously especially with breastfeeding, an area that I was totally unfamiliar with. I am excited for our next monthly chat. I cannot thank you enough for how amazing you are and how much my husband and I learned from you. I would absolutely recommend your class to anyone.

Deanna & Brian

Bringing home a new baby is so exciting but it can feel overwhelming too, especially your first baby. 

You're adjusting and so is your baby!

The baby is adjusting to breathing air and living outside the belly.
The new parents are working to understand how to soothe and feed their baby all while mom’s body is recovering.

And all of this change is happening while you, as new parents, are getting significantly less sleep than you’re used to. 

If you're like most of the first-time parents I work with, you may have spent a lot of your pregnancy thinking about baby gear, the nursery, and the birth. 

While this is all important, it is helpful to understand now, before your baby arrives, how he or she will communicate with you.

For a newborn, this communication happens with crying and cues.

Your baby will be unique. And as his or her mother, you will grow to understand what your baby loves (and doesn't like so much).

What if you could cut that learning curve?

What if you could understand now what to watch for when your baby is crying. . . or sleeping. . . or eating so that you could better interpret cues?

For hundreds of years these things were passed down from generation to generation when communities of women would come together to teach and support each other in the first weeks after the baby arrived. 

But times have surely changed, and to prepare now, many people take classes at the hospital but often leave with their head spinning and a workbook they can refer to when they have questions. 

As a doula, I understand that a workbook just can’t compare to having someone actually show you what to do and how to handle different situations. 

Hi, I’m Valerie!

I'm a Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and mom of 3 (including identical twins). . .

Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the amazing privilege of helping hundreds of parents adjust to their new family so that they can approach the newborn stage with as much calm confidence as possible. 

I understand the road to becoming a parent and those first few months, are the craziest mix of excitement and overwhelm and that having support during that time makes all the difference!

When you first take a newborn class you can learn the information when you’re rested and calm, learn alongside your partner and begin to plan for your lives with a newborn.

But no matter how much you learn, it’s impossible to remember everything there is to do, know, or buy when you bring home your baby.

What you really need is a resource you can return to again and again to answer your in-the-moment questions, prepare for next steps, or just to try and figure out why the heck your baby is crying.


"This course calmed my husband's nerves and refreshed my memory from all the babysitting classes I took."

- Bobbi  & Ben

"You're trying to prepare for something you've never done before. Valerie had such  good suggestions on how to figure out what will fit for our life.”

- Stephanie

Something I started to notice over the years working with so many families was that some people seem to make that transition into parenthood more smoothly.  While other people really struggled with things like feedings or understanding how to take care of their baby or how to soothe her when she’s crying. 

The more I noticed these differences, the more I started to almost obsess about where the gap was. What did the people who struggled LESS have working in their favor?

It wasn’t money. I have worked with millionaires who were TERRIFIED of their crying babies.
It wasn’t research, most of my doula clients have a stack of baby books.

I’ve found the difference to be in understanding their baby’s native language. 
You see, your baby is born speaking a different language than you speak. 

Learning your baby's language now is the most effective way to ensure that your baby is safe, content and thriving.

The truth is:

Your newborn will communicate with you through crying and cues.

If you don't understand that communication, you're going to be piecing together information and struggling in those first weeks and months.  


"Expecting 101 has helped so much in preparing for a baby and now in the first weeks. The videos are informative, easy and full of great tips. Thanks for all the advice!"

- Caroline

3 areas are essential in understanding your newborn's communication so your baby is safe, content & thriving. 

Soothing & Baby Care:

From how to soothe your (inevitably) crying baby to changing a diaper after circumcision, from baby’s first bath and infant first aid…you need the resources and know-how to confidently care for your baby without the midnight meltdowns and panicked pediatrician calls.


Whether you plan to breastfeed, exclusively pump, formula feed or combo feed having the guidance of a lactation professional will cut your learning curve significantly. By understanding when baby is still hungry, using you as a pacifier or needs to burp you can be confident that baby is getting what he needs to hit his growth milestones. 


Dreading the lack of sleep that comes with a new baby doesn't make you a bad mom.  Although you can't sleep train a newborn there are things you can do from Day 1 to help the baby learn that the middle of the night is not hang out time.  Understanding wake windows and sleep cues means more rest for the whole family. 

What if I told you that in just a few hours (and with zero googling) you'll be 100% prepared for your babies arrival?

You'll have current, reliable information in line with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
You'll have an expert (🙋🏻‍♀️) to answer any baby prep questions that come up as you prepare!
Planning to breastfeed? You'll love that you can watch the breastfeeding class now & re-watch after baby's arrival if you need to see something again.
You and your partner can watch together so you're both prepared! This means all the care doesn't fall to one person, while the other feels like they're missing out.

You'll have all the information you need to keep your baby safe, content & thriving! 


What if your baby came with a manual?


Expecting 101! 

Current, reliable information and the support of an expert. . . because you were never meant to do this alone!


It's time for you to feel confident and prepared

Just like these Expecting 101 Members!

"There's no where else you can find all this information in one place!"

Every Sunday we would cast our computer to the TV and view at least one section. It was nice to look forward to this bonding time while soaking up all the new info for our first little one on the way. There’s no where else you can find all this information in one place. Plus, Valerie is right there with you along the way.

"The soothing techniques were so important and we used them a lot!"

As first time parents we had so many questions about how to care for our baby in those first weeks home. At the hospital we had nurses to help and ask questions and at home it was all on us. This course gave us the confidence we needed to be the best parents we could even with sleep deprivation and a lot of dirty diapers!

"Sifting through Pinterest boards was time consuming and I found it difficult to find trustworthy resources!"

Although my husband and I were ecstatic to become first-time parents, we also felt clueless and nervous about caring for a newborn. Being the youngest of each of our families meant that neither of us had experience with infants, especially those who we were responsible for. New Parents Academy helped us to feel prepared to navigate this new adventure together! We were both so relieved to find a relevant expert resource that we could learn from and refer back to when our baby girl arrived. Although we appreciated advice from family and friends, some of this advice was outdated. We felt lost until we found Expecting 101!


Let Me Show You What's Waiting For You Inside Expecting 101!

Chapter 1:

Feeding Your Baby

  • Your Virtual Breastfeeding Class!
  • Planning to Exclusively Pump? 
  • Paced Feeding: What is it & why it matters
  • Formula Feeding with The Formula Mom

Chapter 2:

Understanding Baby's Cry & How-To’s (with real babies)

  • Your Newborn Care Class
  • Soothing Your Crying Baby!
  • Step-by-Step Tutorials so you're comfortable and your baby is safe!

Chapter 3:

Sleep: Getting Good Habits in Place From Day One

  • Your Newborn Sleep Class (and why sleep training a newborn is a no-no)
  • Understanding Wake Windows with Dr. Aubrie (@babysleepdr)
  • Where Should Your Newborn Sleep 
    * This is not sleep training (you can't sleep train a newborn)

Chapter 4:

Keeping Your Baby Safe

  • CPR (from a Red Cross Certified Trainer)
  • First Aid (from a Red Cross Certified Trainer)
  • Choking (from a Red Cross Certified Trainer)
  • Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
* This is must-know info but is not a certification

Chapter 5:

Baby Gear - What You Need & What You Don't!

  • There are SO many options when it comes to baby gear. I'll walk you through what you need and what's good to have if you have the space or budget for it!

I have some extra goodies for you

...think of it as a shower gift!


($1200 value)  

Live Monthly Chats

You might have questions as your due date approaches! I will answer those questions for you in our group Live Monthly Chats! Can't make it to the chat? No problem. They're recorded so you can submit a question & watch at a time that works for you! 


($49 value)

Finding Your Pediatrician 

Your pediatrician will be an essential part of your village! Even if your baby doesn't get sick one time in the first year you will have 6 visits to the office. It's important that you are comfortable with your  pediatrician.  I'll walk you through how to find one and I'll even give you a printout with the questions you should ask when you meet the prospects!


($99 value) 

Checklist Vault

When you enroll in Expecting 101 you say goodbye to endless hours of google searching! I'll give you the checklists you were searching for & the ones you didn't know you needed.

  • My Baby Gear Must Haves & Maybes List
  • My Hospital Bag Checklist
  • My Grandparents Gear List
  • My 30 Day Must Have List (gear for the first 30 days)


($297 value)

Preparing For the Fourth Trimester 

What can you do now, while you're waiting for baby's arrival, that will help things go more smoothly after the birth?

From things you might not have thought of (like scheduling newborn photos & getting postpartum support in place) to setting up stations around the house so you have what you need where you need it.  

>>That's over $1600 in bonuses when you enroll in Expecting 101<<


So How Much Is My Investment?

You can have EXACTLY what I share with my in-home doula clients for $8,000/month, but at a fraction of the cost for you. 

Can you endlessly search online and find all the information I share in this course? Well, probably. But to find it you're going to have to sift through a bunch of info that is just plain wrong and puts your baby's safety at risk.

Not to mention the value of having somewhere to turn with all your baby prep questions (🙋🏻‍♀️ I'm here for you girlfriend).

For less than $300, you can stop searching online NOW.  You can feel confident that you have the information that will keep your baby safe. You can rest assured that you have somewhere to turn with all of those middle-of-the-night questions.  

It's a small investment that will pay you back for the rest of your life. By giving you tools to help you bond with your baby from day one. By giving you confidence in your new role as a parent. By letting you savor that sacred newborn time instead of furiously googling things like "how to bathe a newborn".

Sit back and relax, your doula is here.  

Understanding the Cry & How-To’s with Real Babies! ✔️ ✔️
Breastfeeding, Pumping or Formula…the choice is yours! ✔️ ✔️
Sleep: Getting Good Habits in Place From Day One! ✔️ ✔️
Keeping Your Baby Safe! ✔️ ✔️
Baby Gear: What you Need (and What you Definitely Don't) ✔️ ✔️
Live Monthly Chats ✔️ ✔️
Finding Your Pediatrician! ✔️ ✔️
Checklist Vault! ✔️ ✔️
Breast Pumps 101: Choosing and Using Your Pump ✔️
Two 30 minute one-on-one calls with Valerie ✔️
Two weeks of text support after baby arrives ✔️





My "shout from the rooftops or I don't want your money" Guarantee

 My goal is that you'll shout from the rooftops about how amazing Expecting 101 is! That as soon as one of your friends announces her pregnancy you'll send her the link to this program and tell her it's a must-have.

But what if you don't love it? Well then chances are you won't be shouting from the rooftops and in that case I don't want your money.

Just send me an email within 14 days of purchase and I'll give you a full refund, no questions asked. 




So now its time for you to make a choice...


I'm so glad that in this crazy online world, we found each other and I'd be honored to help you prepare to welcome your baby.

But obviously the choice is yours.

I'm a pro's and con's list kind of girl, so I'll lay it out straight for you.

You can choose to do nothing. You can wait until your baby is here and learn as you go.

You can spend endless hours searching online sifting through the outdated and incorrect information. 

OR you can decide right now that this investment is worth it for your piece of mind, for your baby's safety and for the value of your time.

If you want to cut your learning curve as a new parent, this is for you. If you want an expert, (who has changed more diapers and soothed more babies than a Kardashian nanny) to tell you what you'll be glad to know. . . then the choice is obvious.  Join me inside Expecting 101.

Simply click the button below and I will look forward to seeing you at the next Monthly Chat!  

Questions Other Parents-To-Be
Have Asked Before Enrolling. . .

Questions Other Parents-To-Be
Have Asked Before Enrolling