In This Issue
"Teaching Birth" Workshop
April 13, 2013
Our Charis Family
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony
Childbirth in Kenya
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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 -
November 7 - December 19
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)
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)
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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
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.
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~ Executive Director
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
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