Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 5


In This Issue

About Babies and Children
    Ear Infections - the Simple Step You Can Take
    by Dr. Kristin Joseph
Our Charis Family
Lisa Kreinbrook
Charis Cuisine
Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya
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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, August 11, 2012
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At The Beaverdam Baptist Missionary Home

15136 Hopeful Church Road

Montpelier, Virginia 23192

For childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, or anyone who would like to improve her ability to support laboring women.

At our workshops, learning is interactive, hands-on, fun, and interesting.  All Charis workshops are taught from a Christian perspective, giving God the glory for His marvelous creation and how He so wonderfully created women to bear children.

You will spend the day making new friends and becoming more skilled in putting to use many techniques to bring a woman comfort during each phase of labor, understanding the science behind why the comfort measures work, creating an environment conducive to the natural progression of labor, recognizing when a woman is beginning to panic and helping her regain control, gently encouraging a woman to effectively push out her baby while taking advantage of the natural physiology of second stage, assisting a woman in breastfeeding for the very first time, and so much more.

In addition to the valuable skills acquired at the workshop, you will also take home with you a beautiful “labor support bag” filled with an assortment of tools to help you successfully support, serve, and bring comfort to your future clients as they labor.

A delicious lunch will be provided for all the workshop attendees to enjoy as you get to know each other better during a midday break.

The cost is $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members (includes one-year Charis membership).

To register, complete the Registration Form
and mail it, along with payment, to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290


Childbirth Preparation Classes


Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
July 18 - August 29
(cost $250 per couple)
Weekend Series
August 3rd-4th
(cost: $250 per couple)

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


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You will love the flexible, thorough, distance academics course offered through Charis Childbirth! Check it out!

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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!

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Our Director's Heart

“Each One Teach Many

The idea multiplication is near and dear to my heart.  In my family, church life, midwifery practice, and through Charis, I am devoted to making the biggest possible positive impact on the world during my short time here on the earth.

This principle of multiplication is illustrated beautifully in the true stories of two different missionary doctors.  The first doctor was very devoted to his work and served the people in his community well for many years. He worked alone under difficult circumstances, touched many lives, and overcame many obstacles.

The other doctor, in similar circumstances in another poor village, also diligently cared for the sick. She took on an apprentice and trained her in some nursing sills.  As the assistant learned and was able to take on more of the responsibilities, this freed the doctor to begin training other health care workers to go to other nearby regions to open new clinics where there were no facilities.  All she asked in return for the training was that they would teach others to do the same.

While both missionaries were devoted servants and finished well, the second doctor had a greater impact because she multiplied what the Lord placed in her to many who then did the same for others, and so on.  The impact is immeasurable.

I caught the vision for multiplication many years ago and began to put it into practice on a larger scale at the beginning of 2003 when I founded Charis Childbirth.  My hope is that the ones I train will in turn seek to pass the skills and knowledge they have gained through their relationship with me along to others the Lord chooses to bring into their lives.  If what I do begins to multiply, then the impact I have on the world will be exponentially greater than if I had not sought to work myself out of a job.

“Each one teach one” is a phrase widely used to describe how the art and science of midwifery is passed along from one generation of midwives to another.  Although it is a beautiful thought, if we desire birth outcomes to improve around the world, each one teaching only one will not meet the world’s need for more midwives (and doulas!).  Each one must be willing to teach many.

Someday, perhaps, Susan and I will finally start writing the books we have been asked to write and our book about how to have a successful midwife-apprentice relationship will be on the bookshelves. Until then, we will put some nuggets in our newsletters to benefit our community.

In next month’s Director’s Heart, you can look forward to hearing about my relationship with my own preceptor, Christina Holmes, CPM, LM.  Not only do I appreciate her skill as a midwife, but also the way she is devoted to helping her apprentices become the best midwives they can be.

Kristin Schuchmann, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth

P.S. I have received my FL midwifery license and am awaiting word from NARM that I am a CPM. As soon as I do, I will be submitting my paperwork to receive my VA midwifery license.  Phew! What an adventure!

Happy Mother's Day

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, dessert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”  -Washington Irving

Happy Mother's Day to all of the real-life superheroes!  Thank you for your love and sacrifice!  Your children are the proof that moms truly do have some of the greatest influence in the world.

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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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, 2010, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2011, to be sure it is received in time.  If you became a member sometime in 2011, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2012.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290


  • 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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May 2012