Volume 5

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 5





Charis "Teaching Birth" Workshop

Was held Saturday, February 27, 2010
At the
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.

Kristin Schuchmann
"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
at 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

Tara Thessen working on writing her introduction she will be presenting in a few minutes...

Tara Thessen
"One 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  Thessen

Tara Thessen

"Which one is pushing??" (having fun with "hooks")

Mary Ann Stoltzfus is our teacher

Everyone practices teaching at this workshop.

Mary Ann Stoltzfus"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

Vicki  Sink has us all convinced...

Vicki  Sink

"One 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 Sink


Susan Oshel

Good nutrition in pregnancy and throughout life,
comparing our bodies with our vehicles ...

Susan Oshel"More 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

Mary Ann Stoltzfus and Susan Oshel working together

Practicing asking powerful questions in coaching situations...

Tara  Thessen and Vicki Sink

Tara  Thessen and Vicki Sink having fun ...

Joy Schuchmann and Tucker Sink
Our attentive workshop babysitter, Joy Schuchmann
caring for precious Tucker, Vicki Sink's little guy.

Joy Schuchmann


"I always 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


'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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