Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 5


In This Issue

Charis "Teaching Birth" Workshop
     April 13, 2013         
Our Charis Family
     Aimee Roberts

Charis Cuisine
     Avocado-Cucumber Soup
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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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
July 25 - September 5
September 12 - October 24
November 7 - December 19

Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
August 2 & 3 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
November 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

 (cost $250 per couple) 

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

Attention Aspiring Midwives!

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 Educator?

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
Visit the
Charis Web site
for course description and outline. 


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, 2011, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2012, to be sure it is received in time.  If you became a member sometime in 2012, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2013.

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

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Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann and grandbaby Eric

“You are so Beautiful!”

Think back to a time when you got all dressed up, fixed your hair nice, and felt beautiful.

Now, think about a time when you didn’t have time to shower or fix your hair pretty and you felt a bit frumpy.

The day before Mother’s Day was a frumpy-feeling day for me.  I was awoken at 8 a.m. by a phone call from a first-time dad stating, “She feels like she needs to push!”  Now, I tell my clients to be sure to call me in plenty of time for me to shower before I head out to a birth because I never know how long I will be there and I don’t want to get the reputation for being the “stinky midwife”.  This couple, however, was so sweet that they didn’t want to bother me unnecessarily when I might be sleeping.  They waited until they were SURE they needed me.  So, out of bed I jumped, no time to shower, only time to brush my teeth, put on my birth clothes, and throw my hair up into a ponytail.

A little while after I arrived at their home, while I sat beside the birth tub where she was laboring, she opened her eyes in between contractions and looked at me with such tenderness and said, “You are so beautiful!”  Okay, now, I did NOT look exceptionally beautiful that day.  My face and hair were oily, my clothes were wrinkled, and I had a pimple growing on my cheek.  But she said it more than once.  And she meant it.

What made me so beautiful that day?  The only thing I can conclude is that I was “in my element”.  I was doing what I love and what God has called me to do.  I am very much “at home” when I’m next to a woman who is working to bring forth her baby.  I truly do love the women I serve. It must be that when we participate with God and allow him to anoint our work, Jesus shines through and makes us beautiful.

To all the birth workers who read this, THANK YOU for letting your beauty shine in such a special way.  To the women we serve, THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you and for helping us see our beauty.  When you see it, you are seeing the One who is the source of that beauty.

Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

Save the Children

Around the world every day, nearly 3 million babies die on the same day they are born.  That day is not a safe day for mothers, either.  In this year’s “State of the World’s Mothers”, you can find out how your country is doing in the fight to make pregnancy, birth, and the first year of life safer for moms and babies.  The day a baby is born should be filled with joy, not with fear that mother or baby may not make it!  This is why we do what we do at Charis Childbirth!  Together, we can make the world a better place, one birth at a time.

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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  May 2013