Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 2


In This Issue

About Babies
Extended Breastfeeding - Handling the Criticism         
Our Charis Family
Jennifer Goodwin
Charis Cuisine
Delicious Garlicky Split Pea Soup
          with Freshly Ground Pepper
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
May 17 & 18 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
 (cost $250 per couple) 

VBAC workshop
February 20th 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
ELANCO Library, New Holland, PA

Is Birthing Outside of the Hospital Safe?
 Wendy Shiffer, CD, LCCE, CHBI, DFB

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

March 14, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a FREE community event where we will discuss the safety of birth outside the hospital.   Meet the doulas and have refreshments too!  Everyone welcome!  (And you don't need to be pregnant!)

Email  Karen Yoder for more information:

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 Schuchmann and Jannekah Guya in March, 2012, when the Guya family traveled to Florida and spent time with the Schuchmanns. 

Heading to Africa!

I had the opportunity to meet many people from a variety of African countries when I lived in Virginia Beach.  Most of them were there as students at Regent University.  In getting to know my friends, I was impressed with their passion for Jesus and depth of faith.  Their stories about their home, some amazingly wonderful and some incredibly sad, fueled a desire in me to visit their continent.  My love for Africa and her people has continued to grow over the years and I am finally realizing a dream that has been on the back burner for decades.  I AM GOING TO AFRICA!!!

Jannekah, the Charis midwifery student in Kenya, is due to give birth to her third baby in March, and she has invited me to come attend her birth as midwife.  Since we don’t know exactly the day her baby will make his or her appearance, I will be in Kenya for the entire month of March.  So many details about my time there are dependent upon when baby arrives, but my hope is to have the opportunity to get together with the other midwives/TBA’s for a time of sharing our “tricks of the trade”.  I hope to be able to share with them some of my midwifery skills, and, in turn, learn from them as well.

Please pray for safe travel, for my midwifery supplies to make it all the way to Kenya on the airplane without being lost or stolen, and for my complete recollection of the little bit of Swahili I am attempting to learn. And, more importantly than that, for Jannekah’s baby to be born after I arrive, completely healthy and happy.  My desire is for Jannekah’s birthing day to be full of God’s peace and presence as the newest member of the Guya family enters the world.

You can expect a full report on my African adventures in April.

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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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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