Volume 5

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3


In This Issue

About Birth
     Elective Induction of Labor

About Babiess
 The Importance of Skin to Skin Contact
Our Charis Family
Tara Thessen
Charis Cuisine
    Raw Vegan Lasagna and Cocoa Almond Cake
Letters to the Editor
Comments From Our Readers
Missions Trip
    Papua New Guinea
 Tidbits from Ebony
     Through The Eyes of Another Midwife

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Our address

Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

It's been over a year since Charis headquarters moved to Florida.  If you use our old Virginia Beach address, your mail will not reach us as the post office is no longer forwarding mail.  Be sure to mail your yearly membership fees to the Florida address!

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Charis and our Midwifery Scholarship Fund

Mark Your Calendars

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Weekend Intensive:
 (Fri. 6:30pm -9:30pm & Sat.  9am-3:30pm)
April 9th & 10th
July 16th & 17th
Lunch Included
Six Week Series:
(Wed evenings from 7pm-9pm)
May 12, 19, 26,  June 2, 9, 16

Cost $150.00

For more information or to reserve your space,
visit our website:

E-mail: info@birthinsightva.com

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Our Director's Heart

Good Times With Great People

Mary Ann Stoltzfus, Kristin Schuchmann, Tara Thessen, Susan Oshel and Vicki Sink

It is always so refreshing to spend time with Charis family members! Last month I had the wonderful privilege to spend the weekend with some of the Charis students and Susan Oshel (the Charis director of midwifery studies) at the Charis “Teaching Birth” Workshop where we spent time learning and practicing how to effectively communicate with and expertly teach expectant moms and their families. I have to say, the Charis students are absolutely the BEST! My heart is overflowing with gratitude to God for placing such amazing women in my life. Next month’s newsletter will include their stories about how they were impacted by the workshop and our time together.

Blessings to you and your families,
Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

Congratulations Kathryn Joseph and Kate McKinney for successfully completing all the requirements to become our newest Charis Certified Childbirth Educator/Certified Doulas!!!  Kate is already a fantastic doula and will certainly be an excellent midwife for families in Virginia.  Kathryn, having given birth to her adorable little Jack ten months ago, is ready to continue offering her wonderful services as a doula in the Orlando, Florida area. May God bless you both as you faithfully serve expectant moms.

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


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!

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

Letters to the Editor

Ohhhhh, Susan, what a piece of art this newsletter was! (February, 2010) From the very beginning to the very end, I sat and read without interruption - and enjoyed it immensely. Thanks so much for your work.  I learn new things every time I read it - very interesting.  Okay, I'll admit it, I enjoyed everything but all that talk about eating so much cabbage.  heheheh, just kidding,  even the raw food diet sounded pretty good. However it certainly would take some time to adjust to.  

- Dave Yarnall, Pismo Beach, California

Thanks Dave!  I always love your comments and indeed agree, eating raw can stretch our diet-style.  All the yummy recipes each month really helps to add "enjoyment" to the superior health benefits.

- Susan Oshel

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2010 Conference
Fixed on Him, Forgiven by His Grace, Finished by Him

Our 6th Annual Conference at

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

August 30-September 2, 2010


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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March 2010