From "Your Birthing Family" ~
In This Issue
Home Births on the rise in the United States
Blessings From the Heart
Our Charis Family
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony
Childbirth in Kenya
Life in the Caribbean
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“Teaching Birth” Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2012
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Birthways Family Birth Center
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
and mail it, along with payment, to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Presented by: Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
February 22nd - April 4th
May 2nd - June 13th
(cost $250 per couple)
(cost: $250 per couple)
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Hello, Charis Family! If you are reading this on Wednesday,
February 15, you may be reading as I take the NARM Exam (the
exam administered by the North American Registry of Midwives
that is required for one to become a Florida Licensed Midwife
and a CPM—Certified Professional Midwife). Once I pass that exam
and then finish out this semester in school, I will begin a new
phase of my life as a LM and CPM.
When I attended my first birth as a doula in March of 1989, I
was unaware of the seed God was planting inside of me. I didn’t
know I was embarking on such a long journey towards midwifery. I
had no idea that during the journey, Charis would be birthed and
that, through Charis, I would get to participate in a small way
in what God is doing through the Charis students here in the US
and around the world. Had I known, I probably would have thought
God was talking about someone else. After all, I was just a
single mom barely making ends meet as a dental assistant at the
time. How could God use someone like me?
God, obviously, knew something I didn’t know. He showed me small
glimpses along the way—just enough to keep me heading in the
right direction, but not too much as to overwhelm me. I think
He’s still doing that. Just a little bit of the vision at a time
is all I need and all I can probably handle. I am so thankful
that He sees something of value in this imperfect vessel that I
am and that the Holy Spirit chooses to fill and use me over and
over again. It will be very interesting to see what the next 10
Thank you to our students for allowing me to be part of your
lives. You are amazing women and I am richer because I know you.
Thank you to the many midwives and OB’s who have taught,
encouraged, and challenged me over the years. Your deposit into
my life has been invaluable and I hope to make you proud. And,
thank you to my family and friends who have been my biggest
cheerleaders in this life. The fact that you have always
believed in me has given me the confidence and courage to keep
going when things got hard.
I hope all of you will join me and my family at the Loft
Mountain campground in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park
during the week beginning August 12, 2012. It will be a time
celebration and sweet fellowship. It is a beautiful campground
along the Appalachian Trail where we will enjoy music around the
campfire, hiking to waterfalls, great wildlife, and so much
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
We have been extremely blessed over the past months to get to
know Sheena VandePanne, Charis midwifery student who has laid
her life down to serve the beautiful people of Haiti. You
can read articles from Sheena in the Charis e-newsletters, "Life
in the Caribbean". Sheena is an excellent student with a
sweet, tender heart the Lord is using to bless the Haitian
people. Having left her home and the comforts of American
life, she relies on her friends and family members to help
financially support her missions. Unfortunately, there has
been a decrease in the amount Sheena has been receiving in
support and she is finding it difficult to pay her tuition.
We are asking for the Charis family to come together to help
Sheena complete her midwifery school and enable her to serve in
her community in even greater ways and to participate in
training the locals so there are skilled Haitian midwives ready
to serve their people. If you find it in your heart to
give a small amount, a large amount, or anything in between,
every little bit will be a tremendous blessing to Sheena and the
people she serves. We are confident that Sheena will be an
excellent midwife and will use her gifts and talents to bring
glory to God and bless people whose needs are great.
can send any amount toward Sheena’s tuition with “Sheena
VandePanne’s Tuition” in the memo line of your check and 100% of
it will go toward her tuition. (Send checks to Charis
Childbirth, PO Box 6900 North Port, FL 34290.)
With hearts of sincere gratitude,
Kristin Schuchmann and Susan Oshel
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
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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, 2010, your dues
should be mailed by the middle of December, 2011, to be sure it is
received in time. If you became a member sometime in 2011,
then your membership is not due until December 31, 2012.
You can send your
membership form and $30 dues to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and
Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of
For the Charis CE’s, doulas, and midwives: rest, peace,
protection, wisdom, discernment
For the Charis missionaries and
humanitarian workers: protection, peace, divine guidance, financial
For our directors and
administration: Wisdom, guidance, energy, and provision
from God as Charis enters this season of growth
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,
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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