"Teaching Birth" Workshop
Was held Saturday,
February 27, 2010
Breath of Life Birth Center
Mary Ann Stoltzfus, Kristin Schuchmann, Tara Thessen, Susan Oshel
and Vicki Sink
We spent the day at the beautiful
Breath of Life Birth Center making new friends and becoming more
skilled in preparing effective introductions, asking powerful
questions, creating a learner-friendly environment, capturing the
attention of learners, helping clients embrace their responsibility
of making informed decisions, and so much more.
In addition to the valuable skills acquired at the workshop, we also
took home with us an assortment of visual aids and other valuable
teaching tools to enhance our future students’ learning experience.
"I love surrounding myself with brilliant people! At each and every
workshop, I am humbled beyond words as I get to know our Charis
students & members even better and get to experience in person their
shining brilliance. The recent “Teaching Birth” Workshop was
no exception. The birthing communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Virginia, and Florida where these amazing ladies live are truly
blessed to have such quality servants!" ~Kristin Schuchmann
The Charis "Labor support"
Workshop will be held
Saturday, October 2, 2010 ~ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Birthways Family Birth Center in Sarasota, Florida
The registration form will be posted soon on the Charis
Website and in a coming newsletter.
Tara Thessen working on writing her introduction she will
be presenting in a few minutes...
of the things that surprised me initially was that the workshop
didn't tell us 'what' to teach in the class. I thought I'd be
attending a workshop that was going to essentially be a childbirth
education crash course -> content and how to teach it. Instead, it
focused on the soft skills of how to be a good educator. The
workshop wasn't about what to teach itself, but how to help
families come to their own best decisions, without you making them
for them. We learned active listening skills, tools for
keeping your students engaged, etc. I wasn't expecting that
initially, but am so thankful that Charis is giving us the education
to build our own teaching models and the workshop is what helps
build confidence in our ability to do that. Love &
Blessings!" ~ Tara
"Which one is pushing??" (having fun with
Everyone practices teaching at this workshop.
"My time at the Charis Teaching Birth workshop was very valuable. The highlights were spending time with Kristin and Susan. Wow,
what a wealth of information and wisdom these women have to impart
unto us students! And, meeting other women that carry the same
passion was priceless."
"Some "gold nuggets" that I walked away with include the art of
listening. How listening is something we need to practice and
train ourselves to do as we serve our families and others! Also the
importance of asking the right questions, choosing your words
carefully! I'm totally looking forward to the next workshop!"
Mary Ann Stoltzfus
Vicki Sink has us all convinced...
might think that teaching birth would be simple and easy, but it is
far from that! Some women, including myself once-upon-a-time,
think that they know it all. They don't know that they have options.
If you don't know what your options are, you don't have any! (I
heard this saying the other day and it is oh so true!) The
"Teaching Birth" Workshop taught us how, as childbirth educators, we
need to GRAB the attention of our class, excite them about the
miracle of birth, teach them into learning what their options are,
and teach them how to make informed decisions! We practiced
creating a safe environment and had yummy and healthy food for
refreshments .... the very things we will be doing in our
childbirth classes, actually show how healthy food is
important for mommy and baby!" ~ Vicki
Good nutrition in pregnancy and throughout
comparing our bodies with our vehicles ...
than a workshop, it's an experience. After each "Teaching Birth
Workshop" I always walk away with renewed wisdom on how to interface
with all humans, how to truly coach, how to truly listen. A
fantastic workshop for all healthcare professionals; nurses,
midwives, doctors, and everyone who wants the tools to touch
other's lives in a real and positive way. I appreciate the time and
study Kristin Schuchmann has invested in learning (and teaching) the
art of coaching. I'm also so proud of our students, they are
devoted servants, ready to go deeper and climb higher!"
~ Susan Oshel
Practicing asking powerful questions in coaching
Sink having fun ...
Our attentive workshop babysitter, Joy Schuchmann
caring for precious Tucker, Vicki Sink's little guy.
have such a great time taking care of the nursing babies that
accompany their mommies to the Charis workshops. I will never forget
Tucker’s big, adorable smile and how he loves to “talk” with anyone
who will give him attention. I can’t wait for next time!" ~ Joy Schuchmann