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Valerie lives in Atlanta with her husband, son, and 3 pups. She is a biologist by education but is most passionate about her family and in supporting other women and their families during their own journeys to parenthood as a childbirth doula, educator, and lactation consultant. She is also very interested in nutrition and has extensive experience preparing meals for those following the paleo lifestyle. She has an intrinsic love for writing and you can find her thoughts throughout her own journey to parenthood at

First 8 Signs to Teach Your Baby

Why teach your baby sign language?  Babies can understand verbal communication before they develop the skills required to verbally communicate themselves.  Teaching your baby how to sign can provide them with a valuable communication skill that will enhance, rather than delay, their overall language development.  Signing may also help you gain a better understanding of how your child views the world around them and in turn lead to less fussiness and fewer meltdowns due to communication misunderstandings.


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How to Write an Effective Birth (and Baby!) Plan

“What is a written birth plan and why should any time be spent writing one when the plan will just be disregarded anyway at the hospital?”  This is one of the most frequently asked questions by moms-to-be and it is crucial to understand that the most important part of writing your birth plan is the process that it takes to understand your own preferences, discuss them with your birth partner, and prepare to advocate for those preferences.

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