Volume 12

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 1


In This Issue

Charis "Communication, Teaching, and Coaching" Workshop
was held February 4, 2017
Charis Family
     Annaiah Walker
Charis Cuisine
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wingz with Creamy Potato Salad
Charis Around the World
Childbirth PATHS International
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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, 2016, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2017, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2017, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2018.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289

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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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Our Director's Heart

Eric and Carole-Lee Schuchmann welcoming little Emma!

In the peace and safety...

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 for Childbirth Paths 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


  • For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of hands-on learning
  • For the Charis CEs, doulas, and midwives: rest, peace, protection, wisdom, discernment
  • For the Charis missionaries and humanitarian workers: protection, peace, divine guidance, financial provision
  • For  our  directors  and  administration:   Wisdom, guidance, energy, and provision from God as Charis enters this season of growth


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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February 2017