Volume 9

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 5


In This Issue

Becoming A Midwife
You Have Formed Me in the Womb
Our Charis Family
Rachael Steppe
Charis Cuisine
High-Energy Raw Breakfast Cereal                
Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya

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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At LifeSong Midwifery in North Port, Florida

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 $225 for Charis members and $255 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
Registration must be received before September 20, 2014

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

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

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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!

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Our Director's Heart

Giving Honor where Honor is Due

Shortly after Susan & Kristin first met

Dear Charis Family,

I am writing this “Director’s Heart” on May 5, International Day of the Midwife. On this day every year (and many days in between), I think about the midwives in my life who have taken the time to help me become the best midwife I can be. Even though there are many midwives on my mind today, I want to honor one midwife in particular right now: Susan Oshel.

Susan is a tender, humble woman who would never toot her own horn.  If you are reading this, then a large miracle took place and she allowed this to be put in the newsletter.  (Susan is the Charis newsletter editor and is the artist and brains behind this lovely monthly publication.  I am her boss, so she might not have the option of not posting this.)

Ever since I met Susan in June of 1990, she has been the greatest source of inspiration in my birth-work journey. The support, encouragement, and accountability she gives is invaluable.  She is the midwifery mentor that many midwives wish they had.  I have been enormously blessed by Susan and am thrilled to know that there are up and coming midwives who are being touched by her in profound ways as she coaches the Charis midwifery students.  I have said many times that having Susan as a mentor is, all by itself, worth every penny our students pay in tuition.

Susan is a patient teacher.  She understands that the journey is as important as the destination and enjoys walking alongside our students as they learn and grow. She is a good listener.  She is loving and compassionate.  She is humble.  She is brilliant.

Susan is not only book-knowledgeable, but she has decades of experience from which to draw as she coaches our students.  Serving in a rural setting where medical care is not always easily accessible, she has had to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to handle just about any situation that may arise.  I can’t remember a time when I have asked her for help or advice that she didn’t know the right herb, exercise, technique, remedy, explanation, etc.; and I can’t remember a time when I put her advice into action that I didn’t receive the results I was hoping to see.

One of the things I love about Susan is that she is always a student, always seeking to learn new things and wise enough to know when the new things she is learning should change the way she practices midwifery.  I want to be just like her.

Susan has earned the confidence of the families she serves and the medical community with which she has interfaced, and she is respected greatly amongst her peers.  Charis Childbirth is fortunate to have such a treasure in our “family”.

There is no way to calculate the enormous ripple effect Susan’s heart and efforts to pour into the next generation will have.  On behalf of the hundreds of families I have served, THANK YOU, Susan, for all you do to make the world a better place for expectant families.  Every time I place my hands on a growing belly, you have touched that life.  I love you and appreciate you so very much.

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

Dear Charis Family, have you wondered about our missing Tidbits From Ebony recently?  Due to security concerns, Elizabeth is not able to share her Tidbits until later in the year.  Thank you for continuing to pray for Ebony and Elizabeth Carmichel!  We love you Elizabeth and hold you deeply in prayer, thank you for your service in His Kingdom!   ~Charis Newsletter Editor

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, 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




  • 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 2014