Volume 11

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 2


In This Issue

Charis Family
Lisa Kreinbrook
Charis Cuisine
Winter Warming Stew
 Charis Around the World
 Childbirth in Kenya

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Lisa Kreinbrook has graduated from the Charis midwifery academics course!!!!! We are immensely proud of her, her hard work has blossomed and not only did Lisa graduate from the Charis midwifery course, she also completed the Charis lactation counselor training, doula and childbirth educator programs in the process. Expectant families in her community are blessed to have her serving them. Congratulations, Lisa!!!

Mark Your Calendars

Charis Workshop
Communication, Teaching, and Coaching
Saturday, March 5, 2016
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.

Workshop is full, looking forward to seeing everyone soon!


Childbirth Preparation Classes

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by: Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)

Weekly Series
April 7- May 12, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
June 23- July 28, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
September 15- October 20 7:00-9:00
November 3- December 15 7:00-9:00 (skipping Thanksgiving)

Weekend Series
April 15&16 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

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


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!



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
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289


For more information
Visit the
Charis Web site
for course description and outline. 

Our Director's Heart

Gifts for workshop attendees arrived in the mail!

Busy Behind the Scenes

There are so many exciting things going on behind the scenes at Charis! But, first, before I talk about that, let me shout out how proud I am of Lisa Kreinbrook who has recently earned her Diploma in Midwifery Academics through Charis Childbirth! It was wonderful that all the details worked themselves out so I was able to go visit Lisa at her home and take her out to lunch to celebrate her accomplishment. Lisa is such a gem and the community she ends up serving as midwife will truly be blessed!

Next weekend is the Charis “Communication, Teaching, and Coaching” Workshop and we are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for a wonderful weekend of learning and fellowship. The gifts for attendees are arriving in the mail, I just got the final menu from Chef Eric and, wow, everyone is in for a real treat Saturday! Be on the lookout for a full report from this workshop in April’s newsletter. Also, mark your calendar for the next Charis “Labor Support” Workshop that is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016. If you have not yet participated in that workshop, you will not want to miss it! And, if you have attended in the past and would like to keep up with all the latest labor support techniques, you will want to attend, too! We offer contact hours toward Charis CE/Doula recertification and, since you have attended before, you can participate at a discount.

Charis’s future sister school is also keeping us super busy these days. There have been a few setbacks that are out of our control, but we are still moving forward full steam ahead with the intent to birth her very soon. Christy Hicks has been working tirelessly to be sure the new school starts with excellence right out of the gate; and, special thanks go to Charis midwifery student Bethany Stricker for writing the school’s preceptor manual. Lord willing, the name of the school and all the other secret details will finally be unveiled in June’s newsletter.

Another exciting thing in the works is a trip to Kenya! If all goes as planned, I will be there for the month of February in 2017. Please cover this trip and all the planning in prayer. There are many details to be worked out, but we are planning far enough in advance that I am certain everything will fall right into place. Every time I think about being there with our midwifery students Jannekah and Lilian, my heart swells with happiness in anticipation of our sweet time together. I love those ladies and miss them terribly. My plan is to visit with Jannekah in Nairobi and facilitate Charis workshops there for local Kenyan women who are interested in doula work, hosted by Lucy Muchiri, the only Kenyan licensed midwife attending out of hospital births. While in Nairobi, I will also spend some time at the Mercy House, a home for girls in extreme crisis pregnancies. My desire is to do more than make an appearance, but provide something valuable to that ministry and the girls they serve. When I was there last time, one of the girls asked me if I would come visit her in the slum when I came back to Kenya. I told her I would and I intend to be true to my word; so, I hope to also be able to visit the girls I met in 2013 who have left the home and are now on their own. I will, of course, spend time in Bungoma with Lilian, who is excited for me to connect with a midwife in her town who attends births and has been an encouragement to her. Between now and the time I go, I hope to identify what training that midwife might need to help her better serve her community. Lilian is so excited about my coming that she is already networking to set up speaking engagements for me at girls’ schools, boys’ schools, ministry events, etc. (That girl’s going to keep me busy!) Of course, a big draw for me to return to Kenya is to connect with Surprise, Lilian’s son who calls me Shosho (grandma in Swahili). That boy is one of the most precious things on the planet. In between Nairobi and Bungoma is Kakamega, home to Charis’s friend Pearl, and my trip to Africa would be incomplete without time with Pearl and her beloved family. Whenever I think about steeping onto the plane next year, my heart races and I have an overwhelming sense that my little plans are, well, little, and God’s vision for my time there will far exceed anything I could think up myself. Thank you for covering all of this in prayer. More updates will come in future newsletters.

Thank you, all of you, who pray for the Charis students and our staff. Working with childbearing families, wherever we are in the world, places us on the frontlines of spiritual warfare. The work we do puts us at risk for burnout/adrenal depletion, parenting and marriage struggles, and persecution. Please keep our health, our families, and our safety in your prayers. We couldn’t do what we do without your intercession.

Kristin Schuchmann, LM, CPM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

Contact Us

Charis Childbirth
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289

 Kristin Schuchmann ~ Executive  Director
Cell (941)441-6410


Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies

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 '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 2016