Volume 9

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~



In This Issue

Charis "Communication, Teaching & Coaching" Workshop
February 18, 2014
Our Charis Family
     Andrea Kuntze

Charis Cuisine
Carrot Nut Salad           
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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Mark Your Calendars

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

May 1-June 5, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
July 10-August 14, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
September 4-October 9, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
October 16-November 20, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series

May 16 & 17 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
August 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
November 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
 (cost $250 per couple) 

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


Childbirth Preparation Classes
Cincinnati, Ohio

Presented by:  Hands of Blessing Doula Services
Kristin Paulus

Wednesday evening classes will be held for six weeks

April 9th - May 14th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

For more information visit Kristin on her web site
To register, contact Kristin by email:

or call 513-722-5678

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Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann, Andrea Kuntze and baby Betsy

Our Growing Family

I know I always gush and gush about the wonderful people God connects with Charis Childbirth. But, I just can’t help it! This month, we are adding a new staff member who has stolen my heart and I am certain that you will also grow to love and appreciate who she is and all she is bringing into the Charis family.

Andrea Kuntze is stepping in to fill Christy Hicks’ shoes while Christy focuses her energy and attention on growing a human being who will be born sometime in September (Congratulations, Christy!!!).  Now, don’t worry, Christy is still an important part of the Charis family and will be back in the saddle after her babymoon. By that time, we will need both Christy and Andrea to keep things moving forward in Charis!

I first met Andrea when she moved to southwest  Florida from Illinois last year and needed a midwife.  The first time I met with Andrea, her husband, and their adorable daughter Abigail, I fell absolutely in love with them!  Andrea is a wonderful wife and mother, is passionate about helping women have positive birth experiences, and feels a calling to be a midwife herself.  I had the honor of serving as their midwife and was enormously blessed to be with her as she delivered her baby Betsy this past December.

At her last postpartum visit, I mentioned to Andrea that I was looking for a perfectionist to serve as my administrative assistant for my midwifery practice since Christy was not going to be able to continue working.  I asked her to keep her eyes and ears open for anyone who fits the “perfectionist” description.  She asked what the job entailed and I described the responsibilities.  She said, “You know you just described me, right?”  Well, since Andrea lives an hour away, I never imagined she would want to work for me, but she and her husband were both enthusiastic about the possibility.  Andrea’s “resume” is pretty impressive, with a background in office management and accounting and her love for everything birth related, so I hired her on the spot!  Once she got into the swing of things with LifeSong Midwifery, I asked if she would like to work for Charis Childbirth as well, and she was crazy enough to say YES!

Those who attended the recent Charis workshop and had the privilege of meeting Andrea face to face all agreed that she truly has the Charis heart!

This month, Andrea (with baby Betsy in tow) will begin to gradually add Charis duties to her workload.  Thank you all for your patience as we have been operating without our administrative staff for a couple months.  Many things fell through the cracks, but Andrea will have it all running smoothly in no time.

We are thrilled to have Andrea Kuntze as part of the Charis “family”!

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

P.S. In the midst of all the other craziness of the past few months, I also encountered some e-mail problems.  If you sent an e-mail to Charis sometime within the last 4 months that has not received a reply, please send a new e-mail.  There is a possibility that it was not received.  (I promise I haven’t been ignoring anyone on purpose!) Thank you for your understanding.


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

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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, 2013, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2014, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2014, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2015.

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



  • For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of hands-on learning
  • For the Charis CE’s, 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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