Volume 10

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 2


In This Issue

Charis Family

     Emilie White

Charis Cuisine
Discovering Elderberry
     Elderberry Vinegar Recipe

 Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya

    Tidbits from Ebony         

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Mark Your Calendars

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

Registration must be received before February 28, 2015.

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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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!

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Our Director's Heart

Photo Credit: Peter Acker Photography

Kristin Schuchmann with some of her awesome birth assistants at a recent fundraiser for Sarasota County Healthy Start Coalition.  Left to Right:  Nicole Richard, Kristin, Sarah Gardner, Betsy Salvador, Amy Pintus.

“Behind every good midwife…”

I know I have said it many times before, but I am enormously blessed to have such wonderful people surrounding me.  I want to take a moment to brag about my birth assistants, specifically.  These women are amazing!  Honestly, I don’t think there is anything they wouldn’t do for me or for laboring moms.  They work silently and diligently, and do not expect public recognition or fanfare.  The families we serve really have no idea how hard these women work to help make their birth dreams come true.

Someone recently asked me about midwife assistant training, how it is done, and if Charis will be offering midwife assistant training and certification.  I’ll answer the last question first.  For now, we have no plans to add birth assistant training, but there is always a possibility that we could in the future.

As far as how birth assistants are trained is concerned, I will say that every midwife will have her preference as to what she requires of her birth assistants, but the following is what I do: All my birth assistants are required to have current certification in professional level CPR (BLS) and neonatal resuscitation (NRP).  Beyond that, I do all the training myself and provide that training free of charge.  I want my assistants to learn MY way of doing things.  I have quarterly training and skills drills that they are all required to attend.  A birth assistant in training also attends births with a fully trained assistant until she is ready to be the primary assistant.  Some catch on quicker than others, so the amount of time and the number of births before she is ready varies.  Once she can assist without need of instruction or direction and has BLS and NRP certifications, she will then be put on the schedule of birth assistants and be paid for her work.

So far, this has worked very well for me and my assistants.  It saves them from having to travel to The Farm in Tennessee or somewhere like that for training and prepares them well for doing things the way I like them done.

Serving expectant families is an honor!  Part of how I show those families how much I care about them is to only invite the very best birth professionals to their births.  It makes me very proud when a client mentions at a postpartum visit how much she appreciates all the work my assistant did for her.  I love that others notice what amazing individuals they are!

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, 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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  • 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
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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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