Volume 6

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3


In This Issue

About Birth
     Preventing Prematurity and Low Birth Weight Babies
     in high-risk mothers - the JJ Way

Our Charis Family
     Paula Malcein

Charis Cuisine
Charis Around the World
     Tidbits From Ebony
     Childbirth in Kenya

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Spring: May 11- June 15
Summer: July 27- August 31 
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Spring: April 29 & 30
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Cost $200.00

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A Rally to Celebrate International Midwives Day
Thursday, May 5 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Midwives Walking for the Women of the World!

With under one year to go until the 29th International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Congress, many hundreds of midwives have already registered for the South Africa ICM Congress in June next year and today the ICM President, Bridget Lynch, invites midwives of the world to start making plans to "Walk the Road to Durban".

This is the first time in our history that the ICM Congress I...s being held in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a particularly significant opportunity for the ICM to bring visibility to midwives. The Congress will be taking place in an area of the world with the highest rates of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. With only 5 years left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and improve maternal and newborn health globally, now is the time to highlight the central role of midwives in achieving these goals!

International Day of the Midwife 5 May, 2011: 5 Kilometres Walk on The Road to Durban

The Road to Durban starts at each midwife's front door. On the road are the women in our communities and countries as well as the women of Africa. In preparation for our Congress, and in celebration of the role of midwives, the ICM is calling on our 99 Member Associations, in 88 countries, representing more than 250,000 midwives, to organize 5 kilometre walks in cities and towns across all our countries on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2011. These walks will merge as a global event where midwives around the world will be advocating to improve maternal and newborn health in our communities and countries, as well as for women in countries far away. Together we will be walking 1000s of kilometres, circling the globe, as we proclaim our commitment
To improving maternal and newborn care for all women and their newborns, wherever they live.

ICM Congress 18 June, 2011: 5 Kilometres March into Durban

Six weeks later, when the midwives of the world gather in Durban, South Africa, for the ICM Congress, we will complete our walk with a 5 kilometre March into the city in celebration of our commitment to improving maternal and newborn health globally. The walk will take place on June 18, the day before the opening of the ICM Congress. Most importantly, as we walk with our families and supporters into Durban, the midwives of the world will be walking in solidarity with the midwives of Africa, and highlighting the need to strengthen midwifery across the African continent.

Success of this Global Event will come from each Member Association's Commitment

The WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank have declared the world needs more midwives. Now is the time for the midwives of the world to demonstrate our commitment to the women of the world!

Please note: There will be a Road to Durban link on the
ICM Congress Website:

Florida contact: Jennie Joseph
Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery
email only please ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

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Front Row: Susan Oshel, Kristin Schuchmann, Bethany Stricker, Celia Sorensen, Ellen Smith Back Row: Carrie Hartman, Corrine Henderson, Hannah Johnson,
Chantal Wilford, Jessie Biggs, Kristin Paulus, Paula Malcein, Sheri Hunt, Kate McKinney
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What a wonderful time we all had at the Charis “Teaching Birth” Workshop at the beginning of March!  It was such a treat to get to meet so many of you face to face for the very first time and to see so many others again!  A HUGE thank-you goes out to my administrative assistant, Sheri Hunt, for making it all happen and to Charis’s Director of Midwifery Studies Susan Oshel and Charis midwifery student Kate McKinney for helping us out on the day of the workshop so everything flowed so smoothly.  I know I have said it before, but I really do love surrounding myself with brilliant people!


One of the brilliant people in my life currently that I’d like to introduce you to this month in our newsletter is one of my teachers and mentors Jennie Joseph.  The first time I heard of Jennie was through a You Tube video several years ago of her talking about disparities in birth outcomes in the United States.  I watched the video several times because I was so impressed with how she communicated the needs in our country and with her heart to improve birth outcomes in her community.  I sensed in her what we all call the “Charis Heart”.  At that moment, I decided that I wanted to know Jennie Joseph.  Little did I know that she would become one of the greatest influencers in my walk toward midwifery.

When I moved to Florida, I knew I would have to attend a Florida midwifery school if I was to become licensed as a midwife here, which I would have to do if Charis was to ever become a Florida licensed midwifery school.  I never had peace in my heart, however, about attending the existing school that was 3.5 hours from my home.  I was not going to make a move until I had peace about a direction, so I waited.  In 2009, I found out that Jennie Joseph was opening a midwifery school 2.5 hours away from my home.  Needless to say, I immediately started looking into what I had to do to become part of her school.  I am now in my second year of studying under Jennie and I count it one of the greatest blessings in my life today.

Later in this newsletter you will have the chance to learn more about Jennie and the amazing work she is doing in her community.  I hope it is an encouragement to those of you who have a vision for improving birth outcomes in your area.  Perhaps some if you will be inclined to donate to her non-profit organization so she can continue providing free prenatal care to women who have no way of paying for it themselves.  Please also forward this newsletter to others who may be interested in hearing about the great success she is having within a demographic of people who statistically have poor pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Over time, I will introduce you to more of the women who have played a role in helping me to become who I am today.  Enjoy “meeting” Jennie Joseph this month!

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.


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



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!

Several people have contacted us recently asking about when their membership dues should be paid. Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year. So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2009, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2010, to be sure it is received in time. If you became a member sometime in 2010, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2011.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

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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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Attention Aspiring Midwives!

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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!

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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 2011