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Valorie Akuffo is a certified BWI Birth Doula, a Lifetime Member, and has been a key part of BirthWorks for over two decades. Currently, she is a Member at Large on the Board of Directors and is a BWI Mentor. She also held positions as the Acting Director of the BirthWorks Doula Certification Program, prior Board Secretary, co-moderator of online media, and grant writer. Valorie received the BirthWorks “Doula of the Year” award at our conference on Human Values in Birth in 2003.

As a professional scientist, she applies advanced critical thinking and expert investigative and organizational skills to her work. She is a focused and motivated professional volunteer, for varied service organizations, offering superior communication and computer skills. In her role as a BWI Birth Doula, she believes that birth is a normal and natural transition phase in a woman’s life and that each birth can be a spiritual and joyful life-long enhancement for all those engaged. This inspires her to support BirthWorks in all educational and training programs to help prepare doulas and childbirth educators through a human-values learning approach so that they can better inform their clients and businesses.