Volume 10

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 1


In This Issue

Becoming a Midwife
     Ruth Wissmann, My Calling - My Heart

Charis Family

Hannah Price
Charis Cuisine
Peanut Noodle Salad with Edamame and Bok Choy
 Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya


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Charis Workshop
Communication, Teaching, and Coaching
Saturday, March 21, 2015
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.

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)

Weekly Series
February 26-April 2, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
April 16-May 21, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
May 28-July 2, Thursdays 7:00-9:00

Weekend Series
February 20 & 21 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
May 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
August 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

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

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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, 2014, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2015, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2015, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2016.

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

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El Shaddai and Nursing in Public

Have you ever studied the different names of God that are used in the Bible?  I find it fascinating!  Every time I do, I learn something new about God.  I also learn things about myself since, as His child, I am created in His image and am a representation of Him to the world.

One of the names of God, El Shaddai, has been translated to mean “Lord God Almighty” or “All Sufficient One”.  Literally, it means “God the Breasty One”. Chances are pretty good, due to our culture of perversion when it comes to breasts, that won’t be the topic of this week’s sermon-- but, it should!

As one who breastfed my children, I get pretty excited about the fact that the symbol of God’s “all sufficiency” is breasts!  And, when I think about how God’s provision for His children is not something he normally chooses to hide (quite the opposite!), I am encouraged that mothers who nourish their children with their breasts are intended to be a representation to the world of how He takes care of our every need.  Babies are completely dependent on their mothers’ breasts for sustenance just as we can trust God to be “all sufficient” for us.  Within Himself is everything we need.

So, I want to encourage Christian mothers to nurse their babies in public!  (Now, I’m not suggesting that you should be an exhibitionist!  You don’t have to literally show your breasts off in order to accomplish this goal!  You can be discreet, but still make it known that you are nourishing your babies at your breasts.  Don’t slip away silently to secretly give your babies a meal in *gasp* a public restroom.)  Show the world, as God’s representative, that He is equipped to meet our every need just as you are equipped to meet your baby’s every need!

I was delighted to discover that the Pope recently encouraged the mothers who had brought their babies for baptism to breastfeed right there in the middle of the baptism service.  Kudos to the Pope!  I wish more church leaders felt the same way!

Churches should be the first place to extend a warm welcome to nursing mothers. After all, there is nothing more natural and in line with God’s design than breastfeeding.  But, sadly, that is not the case.

In my years serving growing families, I have had many women tell me that they were discouraged from nursing at church.  Some were required to sit alone in a “nursing mothers room” where they had to watch the church service on a TV monitor; some were asked to nurse in the nursery and miss a lot of the service. Some moms did as they were asked, but many became discouraged because they didn’t want to hide and miss out on life.  Some, especially first-time moms, resorted to feeding baby with a bottle during church.  Some gave up nursing out of shame.  Many left the church because they were unable to care for their babies as they felt was best within the rules of the organization.  Some who left the church have never become involved in church again.  These are not rebellious people, these are wonderful mothers who love their children.

The pastors don’t know about this, but the moms talk with their midwives about it.  Some have told me that they feel like failures.  I have listened to the stories, wiped away tears, and provided encouragement.

A month or so ago, a client called me very upset.  She, just this past year, started going to church.  She quickly became connected, loved the fellowship, and enjoyed her newfound growth in Christ.  She was delighted to find a place to serve in children’s ministry where her gift of nurturing and love for children could be used.  When her baby was hungry, she would discreetly breastfeed in the nursery where she served.  One of the women at the church was uncomfortable with that, however, and complained to the children’s ministry pastor.  This pastor called my client to let her know that she was not to nurse her baby in the nursery any longer.  When she tried to reason with him, he spouted off some scriptures and let her know that she was to submit to his authority.  She was shocked!  Because of her maturity, she did not abandon the fellowship there; but, she did step down from children’s ministry so that she wouldn’t be stuck in the nursery when her baby was hungry, now nurses elsewhere behind closed doors, and plans to continue serving in other ministries.  My heart breaks for her for many reasons—for the abuse of power, for the misrepresentation of the Word, for the insensitivity to her needs and her baby’s needs, and the list goes on.  Sadly, this sort of thing happens all too often-- and it shouldn’t!

Please remember El Shaddai, “The Breasty One” who is all sufficient and that breastfeeding mothers should be celebrated for their beautiful representation of God to the world when they give of themselves in that way.  Please provide an atmosphere at church gatherings and other public places where mothers are not torn between their instincts to nurture and nourish their babies and the cultural expectations placed on them.  Please, next time you see a mother nursing her child, thank her.  She is doing an amazing thing that is perfectly in line with God’s purpose!

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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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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