My name is Melissa Jackson, RN, IBCLC, and I use the pronouns she/her and hers. I have held a strange variety of jobs in my adult career life, including teaching 7 th grade Reading, Childbirth and Newborn Care Educator and Doula, RN in an emergency room and I am now an Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I sit on the board for the Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Coalition because perinatal mental health has also always been a passion of mine. I work part-time at a local hospital as a lactation consultant, helping parents with lactation in the immediate postpartum period. I enjoy assisting new parents as they overcome the different challenges that sometimes come along with breast/chest feeding and exclusively pumping. It can be very challenging, but also extremely rewarding. I have my own private practice lactation service and I am one of the volunteer lactation consultants/mentors for Uzazi Village in Kansas City, MO. Probably the most important job I’ve ever held has been as a parent to four amazing daughters, ranging in age from 18 - 29. I am now also a very proud grandmother to an adorable, feisty and extremely loud, 2-year-old grandson. I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, walking in the woods and crocheting. Reading mystery novels has always been one of my favorite activities, and I can lose myself in a novel for hours if given the opportunity. My husband and I enjoy travelling whenever we get the chance and an isolated cabin in the woods or next to the ocean is always my choice of accommodations. Water is life and I feel the most relaxed and happy when next to some kind of body of water. I truly enjoy watching my daughters grow and fulfill their dreams and spending time with my grandson has become something I can hardly go without for more than a few days. When I first started following Darcie on Facebook, I began to realize that I just had to find out more about this amazing woman who was out there in my community doing phenomenal things for birthing parents. I reached out to her in hopes that I might be able to work with her in some way and this is how I came to be working with Darcie and Dreaming Tree Women’s Care. My intense and overwhelming love of all things related to pregnancy, birth and the postpartum time period has drawn me to the homebirth world and I am extremely grateful for the immense joy it brings to my life.