Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 1


In This Issue

About Babies
     The Normal Newborn
          and Why Breastmilk is Not Just Food

Our Charis Family
Heidi Faith
Charis Cuisine
     Hot Spiced Cider (World Famous)
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

Childbirth in Kenya

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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Teaching Birth” Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2013
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At LifeSong Midwifery in North Port, 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 $225 for Charis members and $255 for non-members (includes one-year Charis membership).

To register, complete the Registration Form
and mail it, along with payment, to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290


Childbirth Preparation Classes

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
February 28 - April 11
April 25 - June 13
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
Feb 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
May 17 & 18 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

 (cost $250 per couple) 

VBAC workshop
January 23rd 7:00 - 9:00 pm
(cost $35.00)

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


New Holland Birth Classes

4 Ways to Make Birth Easier

ELANCO Library, New Holland, PA

Presented by Mary Ann Stoltzfus, (CCE, CD)
and Karen Yoder (CCE, CD student)

January 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a FREE community event where we will discuss 4 ways to make birth easier!  Meet the doulas and have refreshments too!  Everyone welcome! (And you don't need to be pregnant!)

Learn more at New Life Doula 

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. 

Our Director's Heart

Kristin and Todd Schuchmann 

Happy 10th Birthday, Charis Childbirth!!!

Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that Charis Childbirth was “born”; but at other times, it feels like forever ago!  When I think about the amazing people who have come into my life through Charis and all the incredible work they are doing around the world, I have a hard time remembering what things were like when Charis Childbirth was just a small, local doula training and certification.

I’ll never forget the day Charis was conceived.  It was early 2002 and I was tired, very tired.  Trying to fall asleep one night, I asked God if it was time for me to move on, to start another chapter in my life.  I wanted to know if it would be OK to put the “childbirth stuff” behind me.  Those were my thoughts as I fell asleep.  When I awoke the next morning, however, instead of feeling free to move on, I had received a new vision for the “childbirth stuff”.

Several women I helped when they gave birth asked me to train them to be doulas so they could do for others what I had done for them.  They were not interested in the existing certifications; they wanted a Christian perspective and they wanted to be trained specifically by me.  I had very informally started training them, but this new vision included a way for them to receive training and certification.  Ideas flooded my mind that morning for how the training and certification would work, what should be included, and a timeline for implementation.  The goal was to launch the new course in January of 2003.  By training others, I could work myself out of a job!  But first, I had lots of work to do.

I spent the next 9 months or so writing the curriculum.  It was a slow process since I was a homeschooling mother of four children (ages 2 to 15) and was working part time as a concierge at the Founders Inn.  After hundreds of hours of work on the curriculum, my computer crashed, I lost everything, and had to start over.  Should I give up and quit?  It was tempting.  That was the moment that tested my resolve to make this course a permanent thing.  If certification was involved, then what was growing had to stand the test of time.  I was in it for the long haul and made a commitment in my heart to provide what this baby needed to grow and thrive and eventually outlive me.

Even with the computer crash setback, I reached my goal of finishing before the end of 2002.  Charis Childbirth was officially “birthed” in January of 2003 when the very first students got started.  If I had known then what this adventure would hold, I may have told God he had picked the wrong girl for the job.  I didn’t see myself as the kind of person it would take to launch an international work.  I’m glad God only gives me bite-size pieces!

Now, here we are 10 years later, with childbirth educator and doula dual certification, lactation counselor certification ready to be launched, and a comprehensive midwifery academics course with students on four continents!  So thankful for how tenderly the Lord has led us and I look forward to seeing what He will do in the next 10 years!  To God be the glory!!!

Happy New Year, Charis Family!!!

Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
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

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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!

Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year.  So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2011, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2012, to be sure it is received in time.  If you became a member sometime in 2012, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2013.

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

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 '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 2013