Suzanne Juel, IBCLC, has been working in the lactation field for 19 years, primarily in private practice. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has supported thousands of families. With her background in engineering and technology, she brings a focus on identifying the root cause of problems, rather than just treating symptoms, and is known for providing comprehensive, nonjudgmental infant feeding support, and helps with both breastfed and formula fed babies. Together with Tessa Gardin, IBCLC, she established Bayou City Breastfeeding in 2016.
Jackie Griggs, CNM, has been a Nurse Midwife in the Houston area for the past 30 years. She is a mom of five sons, three born at home with the help of midwives. She owns two birth centers, one in the Houston Heights and one in Beaumont. She helps with babies at home and birth center. She is also on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Birth Centers.
Melissa is a wife and homeschooling mother of three amazing children. She has been working with the Houston birth community for the last 10 years as a La Leche League leader, a doula, an IBCLC and student midwife. In her spare time she enjoys belly dancing and horseback riding. She never stops learning and is thrilled to be helping with B.I.R.T.H. Fair this year!
Christine Diaz is a self-described activist. After having her first child, Imani, at home, she has been passionate about sharing information about birth location options besides the hospital. Her two sons, Ishie and Idris, were also born at home. Her first B.I.R.T.H. Fair was in 2005 when she volunteered to walk down the runway in the maternity fashion show, and she has been helping with B.I.R.T.H. Fair ever since. Christine is no stranger to KPFT. She co-hosted the now-defunct Labor show, Voices at Work, for several years. She is a 20-year full-time employee with a major airline and immensely enjoys her family time with her aforementioned three children, and her partner, Gordon.