Volume 9

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3





Our Charis Family

Andrea Kuntze

Hello, everyone! What a beautiful group of people Charis Childbirth contains.  I had my first interactions with a handful of you at a recent Charis workshop that was very informative.  I have just recently became part of the Charis Childbirth family through LifeSong Midwifery, Kristin Schuchmann’s home birth practice.

We have two little girls, Abigail who is almost three and Betsy who was born at the end of December.  Abigail is my June baby that was naturally born in the hospital.  We were left with a traumatic experience, having to fight through our labor for a natural birth.  So, when we were pregnant with Betsy, we knew homebirth was what we wanted.  We met Kristin through a dear friend, Amy (her birth assistant), and we felt connected instantly through our phone conversation.  Betsy was born at home a few months ago (patiently awaiting Kristin's return from her visit to Virginia) with a wonderful birth team.  I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

I have a passion for helping people, a BA in Business management, and job experience with customer service, accounting, and healthcare.  During my third trimester with our oldest daughter Abigail, we decided it was best for me to stay at home; and after holding Abigail for the first time, my gut told me my focus was on my family for now.  I have been a stay at home mom ever since.

At just the right moment, Kristin graciously welcomed me as an administrative assistant for LifeSong Midwifery; and, as of this week, Charis Childbirth, too.  I am very excited to be on this journey I have begun, especially as I am training as a birth assistant, as well.  I have an amazing, supportive husband, Jeremiah, who is on board with all of the demands of this journey.  I hope to learn more about Charis Childbirth and look forward to learning your story soon!

Andrea Kuntze

Betsy and Abigail

Andrea, Jeremiah, Betsy and Abigail Kuntze

Charis Cuisine

Carrot Nut Salad

A wonderful carrot nut salad recipe, scrumptious, mouth watering and chocked full of nutrients!


Eight – ten medium carrots, grated or spiralized

One-half cup celery chopped

One-half cup green onions chopped

One-half cup dried cranberries

One-half cup raw cashew pieces

One-third cup pumpkin seeds


One-fourth cup grapeseed oil

One-fourth cup apple cider vinegar

Ten fresh basil leaves chopped fine and a few leaves for garnish

One lime, juiced

One teaspoon agave syrup

Sea salt and pepper to taste, if desired

Mix all salad ingredients and set aside.  Mix all dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.  Drizzle dressing over salad and toss gently to coat all.  Garnish plates or bowl with fresh basil leaves.  Serves 4-5

A couple variations

Now, experiment, add a bunch of spiralized beets!

Garnish some celery!


 '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 2014