Volume 6

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 1


In This Issue

Birth Story
Blossom's Birth
About Birth
Normal Birth Safe Birth
Our Charis Family
Jessie Biggs
Charis Cuisine
     Edible Art
Letters to the Editor
     Comments From Our Readers

 Charis Around the World
     Childbirth in Kenya
     Tidbits From Ebony

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Charis Membership

We at Charis are extremely grateful for our wonderful members. This past year, your dues have made it financially possible for us to creatively correspond with people in areas of the world where internet is spotty at best. Having all forms of communication available for us is essential if we are going to successfully train birth professionals in the far reaches of the earth. As our community of members grows, there will be more funds available for even more world-impacting outreach. Thank you!

Several people have contacted us recently asking about when their membership dues should be paid. Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year. So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2009, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2010, to be sure it is received in time. If you became a member sometime in 2010, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2011.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

Our address

Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

It's been over a year since Charis headquarters moved to Florida.  If you use our old Virginia Beach address, your mail will not reach us as the post office is no longer forwarding mail.  Be sure to mail your yearly membership fees to the Florida address!

Look us up

Mark Your Calendars

Charis "Teaching Birth" Workshop
Saturday, March 5, 2011
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
at Birthways Family Birth Center in Sarasota, Florida

For childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, or anyone who would like to improve their ability to communicate with and educate expectant families.

At our workshops, learning is interactive, hands-on, fun, and interesting. All Charis workshops are taught from a Christian perspective, giving God the glory for His marvelous creation and how He so wonderfully created women to bear children.

You will spend the day making new friends and becoming more skilled in preparing effective introductions, asking powerful questions, creating a learner-friendly environment, capturing the attention of learners, helping clients embrace their responsibility of making informed decisions, and so much more.

In addition to the valuable skills acquired at the workshop, you will also take home with you an assortment of visual aids and other valuable teaching tools to enhance your future students’ learning experience.

A delicious lunch will be provided for all the workshop attendees to enjoy as you get to know each other better during a midday break.

The cost is $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members (includes one-year Charis membership).

To register, complete the registration form
and mail it, along with payment, to:

Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

Click here for Registration Form
Must be received before February 12, 2011.

Register early… Space is limited.

Childbirth Education Series

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
six week class
Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm
March 9th- April 13th
Weekend Intensive
Fri. evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm and Sat 9am-3:30pm (lunch included)
Winter: Feb. 18th & 19th
Spring: April 29th & 30th

Cost $200.00

For more information and to register visit our website:
or call 757-270-0437

Our Director's Heart

Hello, Charis Family!

I’m super excited to let all of you know that you and others have done something amazing!!!  In the past couple of newsletters, we have introduced Jannekah and her family in Kenya to you; and your hearts, like mine, were touched as you got to know this remarkable lady and the vision God has placed in her heart for improving maternity care in her community.  In just a couple months, God has worked on the hearts of some generous people to help Jannekah with her Charis tuition.  It looks as if at least 1 year, and possibly 18 months, of her tuition has already been covered!!!  With this much already donated, we will be able to get Jannekah started on her midwifery education right away with hope and faith that the rest will come as well.

If you, too, are excited to hear about how God is leading Jannekah to serve the people of Kenya, please consider giving toward her tuition. Every little bit helps and, as we have seen over the past weeks, the little bits add up to much.

Scholarship gifts can be sent to Charis Childbirth PO Box 6900, North Port, FL 34291.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

~Kristin Schuchmann

Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.


Contact Us

Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

 Kristin Schuchmann ~ Executive  Director
Cell (941)441-6410


Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies


Attention Aspiring Midwives!

You will love the flexible, thorough, distance academics course offered through Charis Childbirth! Check it out!

Want to serve childbearing families as a Certified Doula or Childbirth Educator?

Become trained and certified through Charis Childbirth!
Take a look at our unique certification process!

If you seek a school that offers the convenience of self-paced distance learning, personal mentors for each student, a commitment to the highest excellence in education, a family-like network of students and birth professionals, and education from a Christian perspective, Charis may be just the right fit for you!

For more information
Visit the
Charis Web site
for course description and outline.

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The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of medical care and advice from your health care provider.

 'Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth,
 Among  them the blind and the lame, The woman with child and The one who labors with child,  together,
 A great throng shall return there...And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.'
 Jeremiah 31:8, 14
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January 2011