Volume 11

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3


In This Issue

Charis Family
La Sondra Smith
Charis Cuisine
Delectable (Guilt free) banana bread
 Charis Around the World
 Childbirth in Kenya

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Mark Your Calendars

Charis Workshop
Communication, Teaching, and Coaching
was Saturday, March 5, 2016

We had a wonderful time!   Be on the lookout for a full report from this workshop in April’s newsletter.

Mark your calendar for the next Charis “Labor Support” Workshop that is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016. If you have not yet participated in that workshop, you will not want to miss it! And, if you have attended in the past and would like to keep up with all the latest labor support techniques, you will want to attend, too! We offer contact hours toward Charis CE/Doula recertification and, since you have attended before, you can participate at a discount.  Application for the next workshop will be in a future newsletter and on the Charis Web site.


Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Weekly Series
June 23- July 28, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
September 15- October 20 7:00-9:00
November 3- December 15 7:00-9:00 (skipping Thanksgiving)

Weekend Series
April 15&16 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

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

Childbirth Preparation Classes

North Port, Florida

Presented by: Honored Birth Services
Terri Henady (CCE, CD)

Weekly Series
May 5 - June 23, Thursdays 7:00-9:00

For more information and to register email Terri

or call/text (941) 258-2676 (cell)

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!


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, 2014, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2015, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2015, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2016.

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

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

Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann and grandson, Eric

“Do Fun Stuff”

Yesterday, at six-something in the morning, my three-year-old grandson came running into my bedroom, plopped a basket of toys on my bed, and said, “Nannie, it’s a new day! Do fun stuff!!!” It isn’t unusual for the two of us to begin our day playing on my bed with whatever toys he brings in. It’s the benefit of having multiple generations living under the same roof. But yesterday is the first time he said those exact words as he climbed up for our play time.

I had my day pretty planned out and it didn’t include much “fun stuff”. I’m behind on a lot of things (including writing this, as it is due to be turned in to Susan by the 5th of the month and today is the 9th) and planned to spend the day getting caught up with a lot of paperwork, charting, and other things that aren’t very enjoyable for me. But then, Charis certified postpartum doula Ginjah Gardner, who happens to live down the street from me, sent me a text message asking if I could go walking with her. My calendar didn’t have a blank spot for walking, but that little voice saying, “Do fun stuff!” echoed in my mind and I replied with a YES! And I’m so glad I did.

Birth work can become all-consuming. What we do is extremely important and we really should be committed to excellence. How can we care for others with excellence, however, when we aren’t caring for ourselves properly? That is the recipe for burnout—and I refuse to go there again. Adrenal depletion is devastating.

Ginjah and I walked through parts of the property where she lives that she hasn’t yet explored and then walked a bit down the street. We experienced nature, enjoyed uplifting conversation, talked about what God has been speaking to us through His Word, and soaked up the love of true friendship. Instead of feeling drained at the end of the day, I was still on a happy high from the time I spent doing “fun stuff”.

I didn’t accomplish everything I hoped to accomplish yesterday, but today is a new day and I will work on what I didn’t get done yesterday… and I will take my grandson’s advice and do “fun stuff”. I hope you will take his advice, too!

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


Contact Us

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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 '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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