From "Your Birthing Family" ~
In This Issue
Prolonged Pregnancy: To Induce or Not To Induce?
Our Charis Family
Arugula Sprouts, Growing Your Own
Charis Around the World
Childbirth in Kenya
To enjoy past newsletters, visit the archives:
International Day of the Midwife
May 5 is the internationally recognized day for highlighting the work of
midwives. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) established the idea
of the 'International Day of the Midwife' following suggestions and discussion
among Midwives Associations in the late 1980s, then launched the initiative
formally in 1992. ICM is partnered with
which is a platform for knowledge, advocacy and accountability to improve women
and children’s health, both are partnered with The World Health Organization
Send your midwife some love!
Mark Your Calendars
Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Presented by: Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
June 19-July 24, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
July 31-September 4, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
September 11-October 16, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
October 23-December 4, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
May 16 & 17 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
August 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
November 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
January 26th, 4-5:30 pm
For more information and to
register visit our
or call 757-270-0437
Click here to Subscribe
Everyone is welcome!
Post your Charis workshops and gatherings, enjoy and reflect your
own views in our various columns, announce births, share your thoughts and
comments in our "Letters To The Editor" section and submit questions you would
like answers to. Editorials are areas where many points of view are
invited for reflection!
Submissions need to be made by the 1st of each month for that month's
publication. Submissions made after the 1st will be considered for the
If you need help with your opt-in mailing or wish to send Newsletter articles or
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
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!
For more information
Charis Web site
for course description and outline.
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, 2013, your dues should be mailed
by the middle of December, 2014, to be sure it is received in time. If you
become a member sometime in 2014, then your membership renewal is not due until
December 31, 2015.
You can send your
membership form and $30 dues to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Our Director's Heart
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schuchmann
My heart is filled to overflowing with
love and happiness right now. My oldest son married his best friend on April
12! If I could have traveled the world in search of the perfect life mate
for Eric, I am certain that as soon as I met Carole-Lee, I would have known
that she was “the one”. She is such a sweetheart, absolutely beautiful
inside and out! Their wedding day was perfect for a beach ceremony and we
all enjoyed a wonderful reception at our home.
I only took two days off-call for the wedding, but one of the mommas
delivered on the wedding day, attended by my back-up midwife. While the
family was in very good hands with my midwife friend, I am sad that I missed
One of the hard things about being a midwife in solo practice is allowing
time for vacations and time off. Midwives desperately need breaks, but are
not very good at taking them. In the past, I have planned my vacations and
not accepted anyone into care who would be between 37 and 42 weeks during my
vacation. Then, because my clients didn’t like my taking such a big break in
due dates, I agreed to receive people into my care as long as they were okay
with the fact that I would not be the midwife at their delivery if they went
into labor while I was on vacation. That was all fine and good, however,
until someone really did go into labor when I was not available on my son’s
wedding day. It was hard for both me and the client. Not that I would rather
be at a birth than at an important family event, but it does tug a bit at my
heart strings when another midwife attends the birth of one of my clients. I
do grow very fond of the families I serve.
I will be off-call again for a couple days when my daughter Joy gets married
at the end of May and I really hope no one births on those days. I will also
be out of town for about 10 days in November visiting my grandson for his
second birthday and enjoying Thanksgiving with my entire family. I am
letting everyone know now that I will be gone in November and everyone
believes they will either birth before I go or after I get back. I hope they
I’m not very good at turning off my work and just enjoying the rest of my
life. I tried to do that while I had a lot of family in town for the
wedding. Things piled up and people’s needs went unmet, and that made my
life hard today as I tried to whittle away at my mounting pile of
responsibilities. It seems that there is always charting to get caught up
on, clients and Charis students who have questions or needs that require a
phone call or e-mail reply, supplies to be ordered, Charis curriculum to
write or revise, continuing education to complete, newsletter submissions to
write, and the list goes on and on. I wish I had a dollar for every Facebook
note or e-mail that I have received in the past month that started out, “I
know you are really busy with wedding planning and birthing babies, but……” I
hated to do it, but I had to allow the non-emergency notes to go onto the
back burner and they are sitting there awaiting replies that will hopefully
be sent within the next couple weeks. The responsible person in me doesn’t
feel right about leaving things undone; and, when I do, the pressure mounts
and creates more stress than my little adrenals can handle. I am conflicted
often. The wife and mother in me is constantly screaming that there is more
to me than my work with my midwifery practice and with Charis Childbirth and
that I need to get things back in balance.
In my attempt to find solutions that will allow me to keep my family as my
highest priority, I have decided to have Susan Oshel do coaching for all the
new Charis students for now and I will continue to coach only those I am
already coaching. I am also considering reducing the number of clients I
take from four due dates in a calendar month to three.
If this column had a different name, I may have written about something
else, something that sounds and feels much more positive; but, this is what
was on “my heart” today as I finally turn in my column to Susan… a couple
weeks late. I do hope she will forgive me for making her job harder this
I am so incredibly thankful for all of you and the many ways you enrich my
life. Although the conflict between family and work is an ongoing struggle,
the Charis students remain a very bright spot in my life and bring me so
much joy. I love working with you and am committed to doing what it takes to
keep Charis Childbirth, Inc, the most excellent source of childbirth-related
education and certification in the world. One by one, we are adding the
right staff members to keep this ship moving full steam ahead and I am
extremely happy about the exciting things on the horizon.
Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc
For our directors and
administration: Wisdom, guidance, energy, and provision
from God as Charis enters this season of growth
For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and
Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of
For the Charis CE’s, doulas, and midwives: rest, peace,
protection, wisdom, discernment
For the Charis missionaries and
humanitarian workers: protection, peace, divine guidance, financial
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,
great throng shall return there...And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.'
Jeremiah 31:8, 14
©2014 Charis Childbirth
Services, All Rights Reserved
Feel free to forward this newsletter to friends in its entirety,
leaving all attribution intact.