Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 2


In This Issue

About Birth
    Home Births on the rise in the United States
Birth Poem
     Blessings From the Heart

Our Charis Family
Mary Beth Stubenrauch
Charis Cuisine
Carrot-Ginger Soup
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya
    Life in the Caribbean
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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Teaching Birth” Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2012
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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
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 22nd - April 4th
May 2nd - June 13th
(cost $250 per couple)
Weekend Series
February 24th-25th
May 11th-12th
(cost: $250 per couple)

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


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Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann

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 years holds.

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 more!

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

Dear Friends,

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.

Sheena VandePanneYou 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

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, 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:
Charis Childbirth
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 hands-on learning
  • 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 provision
  • 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,
 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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February 2012