Volume 5

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 5


In This Issue

Charis "Teaching Birth" Workshop
     February 27, 2010

About Birth
 Study backs midwife-led maternity care
Our Charis Family
Emily Johnson
Charis Cuisine
    Delectable Fruit Platters
About Children
    Hidden Messages
 Tidbits from Ebony
     A Trip Back to Glory Land

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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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Mark Your Calendars

Childbirth Education Series
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Weekend Intensive:
June 18th & 19th or August 27th & 28th
Lunch Included

Cost $150.00

For more information call (757)270-0437
To register and visit our website:

E-mail: info@birthinsightva.com

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Our Director's Heart

With a Little Common SenseÖ

I recently overheard two people in public talking about their teeth. Since I used to work in the dental field, my ears perked up. No, I wasn't eves dropping. They were talking loud enough for all to hear. When I saw that one was pregnant, it caught my attention that much more.

The pregnant lady made a statement that saddened me. She said that her teeth get bad during pregnancy and she has resigned herself to losing a tooth for each pregnancy. I have heard the old wives' tale that you lose a tooth for each pregnancy, but I didn't realize that there were some educated people out there who still believe it.

It is true that there are changes in saliva during pregnancy that make the environment in the mouth more friendly to decay-causing bacteria; but contrary to popular belief in the not-too-distant past, tooth calcium is stable and is not mobilized during pregnancy the way bone calcium is. A baby doesnít take calcium from his motherís teeth.

The mouth isnít the only part of the body that experiences changes during pregnancy. Every system in the body is affected by pregnancy, but that doesn't mean that our overall health has to suffer. It just means that we need to use common sense about how we care for our bodies in light of the changes experienced in the pregnant body.

Using good common sense, expectant mothers can avoid dental problems during pregnancy. When a pregnant woman understands that the changes in her saliva will create an environment where bacteria can flourish, common sense will lead her to brush after each meal, floss daily, and avoid sugary foods that promote the growth of decay-causing bacteria.

As a bonus, when pregnant women give attention to oral hygiene, they are also reducing their chances of preterm labor and heart problems. One of the causes of premature birth and heart disease is periodontal disease. The bacteria that live beneath the gums can get into the bloodstream and precipitate labor before the baby is ready and can also put the woman at higher risk for heart disease.

Think about the other parts of the body and how they are affected by pregnancy. How about the decreased gastric secretion of pepsin (the main enzyme that digests protein) during pregnancy, for instance? Or how about the fact that dehydration and low blood sugar can lead to greater nausea in pregnancy? How can a little common sense lead to simple solutions that will help expectant mothers have a happier, healthier pregnancy?

I encourage all childbirth educators, doulas, and midwives to become very familiar with how pregnancy affects every part of the body. If we understand the physiology, then we are better able to give our clients sound advice on how to care for themselves.

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth

Congratulations Anne Sokol for successfully completing all the requirements to become our newest Charis Certified Childbirth Educator/Certified Doula!!!  Please join us in celebrating with Anne,  what a huge blessing she is to Ukrainian women and families!

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


  • Grants and other funding for the expansion of the Charis ministry

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

  • For the Charis CEís, 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


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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