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Teaching, and Coaching”
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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
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.
register, complete the
and mail it, along with payment, to:
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)
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
February 20 & 21 (6:30-9:30) and
May 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
August 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
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Our Director's Heart
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…”
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
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
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.
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:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
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