Volume 9

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~



In This Issue

About Pregnancy
Prolonged Pregnancy: To Induce or Not To Induce?
Our Charis Family
Becky Rosser
Charis Cuisine
Arugula Sprouts, Growing Your Own                
Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya

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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 PMNCH which is a platform for knowledge, advocacy and accountability to improve women and children’s health, both are partnered with The World Health Organization (WHO).

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

Weekend Series

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)
VBAC Workshop

January 26th, 4-5:30 pm

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

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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, 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:
Charis Childbirth
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 their birth.

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 are right.

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 month.

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


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

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  • For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of hands-on learning
  • 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 provision
  • For  our  directors  and  administration:   Wisdom, guidance, energy, and provision from God as Charis enters this season of growth


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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  April 2014