In This Issue
"Communication, Teaching, and Coaching" Workshop
was held February 4, 2017
Cauliflower Wingz with Creamy Potato Salad
Charis Around the World
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Eric and Carole-Lee Schuchmann welcoming
In the peace
Our family received the most precious of gifts after the last Charis
e-newsletter came out! In the early morning of December 29, 2016, Emma Rose
Schuchmann was delivered in the peace and safety of my home by my sweet
daughter-in-love Carole-Lee. I was once again blessed to be the hands into which
a grandbaby was born! Carole-Lee is such a wonderful mother, my son Eric is, of
course, completely smitten with his baby girl, and big brother Eric is
absolutely in love with "his" baby. It worked out that all of my children were
here for Christmas, making Emma's birth-day extra festive.
We are blessed where I live that birth can be safe and peaceful. That is not the
case everywhere in the world. In some places, birth attendants lack the
training, supplies, or equipment necessary to keep mom and baby safe. In some
places, women are abused during labor. In far too many places, peace and safety
do not exist for birthing women, only fear. I can't just sit around in my comfy,
peaceful, safe home-birthing community and turn a blind eye to the precious
women and babies who are suffering and afraid.
On March 1, 2017, I will be leaving to spend about 3 weeks in Kenya to follow up
on some work that was started by Charis midwifery student Jannekah Guya, and I
will address all of those things. Accompanying me on this trip are Brooke Neale,
Donor Relations Intern
International, whose strengths beautifully complement my own (meaning she is
good at what I'm not good at), and Kenyan Charis midwifery student Lillian
Achieng Odhiambo, who has discovered five groups of traditional birth attendants
in different towns who need more training and supplies. We will spend about a
week and a half traveling to those five towns to bring supplies and offer
training specific to the needs of each group.
The second half of our trip will be spent in the city of Nairobi, the capital of
Kenya. In hospitals in Kenya, the C-section rate is very high and it is common
for women to be beaten with a cane if they cry out during labor, two things
worth working toward improving. We feel that introducing doulas as an important
part of the birth team can be an answer for both of those problems. Studies have
shown that the presence of a doula reduces the chances of a C-section and it
seems reasonable to assume that a doula's presence will also reduce the chances
of abuse. To this end, I will facilitate a Charis "Labor Support" workshop for
some local women where they will acquire valuable labor support skills so they
can begin calling themselves doulas.
We will also reconnect with some of the young ladies we met at the
Rehema House when I was
there 4 years ago and meet new residents who have since moved in. The teens at
the Rehema House all deliver in a local hospital and, unfortunately, many
deliver via C-section. Our hope is that the newly trained doulas will be
available to serve the teens at the Rehema House. A birth center for the girls
at the Rehema House and other poor women in Nairobi is on our hearts! What are
the logistics for such an undertaking? Brooke will use her expertise to research
what it will take to start a birth center outside of Kibera, one of the world's
largest, poorest slums. If we have our way, the future for birthing women in
Kenya will become brighter and brighter.
Please pray for us as we travel. Pray for the birth workers who attend our
training. Pray for Lilian as we search for her new home and work in Nairobi,
where she will acquire a midwifery apprenticeship. Please pray for the rest of
our funding to come in this week.
Charis Childbirth has linked arms with Childbirth PATHS International for this
trip and tax-deductible donations for our trip can be sent to Childbirth PATHS
International. (Details are found in Amy Elliott's article
HERE.). Your prayers and financial support will help us continue this work
toward sustainable, safe, effective maternity care for the precious people in
Kenya. Thank you!!!
Toward peaceful, safe birth for all women,
Kristin Schuchmann, LM, CPM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
Eric Schuchmann and newborn Emma Rose