Volume 6

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 6


In This Issue

About Birth
     Stillbirths in U.S. can be prevented

About Nutrition
Why Plants Are (Usually) Better Than Drugs
Our Charis Family
 Jennifer Goodwin
Charis Cuisine

    Banana Salad
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony   
Childbirth in Kenya

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Congratulations Vicki Sink
for successfully completing all the requirements to become our newest Charis Certified Childbirth Educator / Certified Doula!!! 

Please join us in celebrating with Vicki,  what a huge blessing she is to birthing women and families in Ohio, all her hard work and dedication to excellence has paid off! 

Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Birthways Family Birth Center

in Sarasota, 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 $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)
six week class
Wed evenings from 7-9pm
July 20- August 24 

Cost $200.00
For more information and to register visit our website:
or call 757-270-0437


Childbirth Preparation Class

Cookeville, Tennessee

Instructor: Corinne Henderson
Charis doula and childbirth educator student

Where:  The River Community Church, Cookeville, TN

When:  Once a week for 8 weeks beginning Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost:  This series is being offered free of charge.

To sign up or for questions,
contact Corinne at 931-319-1721
or email at
I would love to talk with you!

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Our Director's Heart

How Moms and Babies in the Community
can Win during Hospital Transfer

I have friends all over the country who serve their communities as home birth or birth center midwives.  One thing that seems to frustrate ALL of them is what they and their clients face when hospital transfer is needed.  It is understandable that the hospital personnel wish that everyone would choose hospital delivery, just like Southwest Airlines would wish that everyone would choose their airline for travel.  I just so happened to need to “transfer care” to Southwest Airlines one time after I was not able to get on the flight I had booked with another airline.  They did not treat me like I had three heads when I asked to buy a last minute ticket to board their plane.  They did not talk with me about how I should have booked with them first or how dangerous the other airline is. Instead, they were perfectly happy being my “Plan B” that day and treated me with the same excellent service that the other passengers received.  How beautiful it would be if hospital staff could put aside their own opinions and welcome families with respect when the family’s “Plan A” for out-of-hospital birth needed to change.

I am extremely grateful to be near Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a hospital that is working very hard to make transfers as positive as possible for my clients.  It started nearly a decade ago when the perinatologist in the area complained to the Council for Licensed Midwifery in Florida about the way midwives were transferring their clients who needed hospital care.  I don’t know all the details or what midwives were involved, but that seemed to get the ball rolling toward positive change.  As a result, and after much hard work on the part of midwives, hospital administration, and that perinatologist, midwives now have quarterly meetings with L&D charge nurses, other L&D staff, hospital administration, and the perinatologist to talk about recent transfers, how they went, how the patients felt about the care they received at the hospital, etc.  It is a forum for everyone involved to voice their concerns.  The midwives have the personal cell phone numbers of specific hospital administrators and have been asked to call immediately, day or night, if a problem arises during transfer. The administrator is committed to addressing and resolving the issue immediately.  I believe we may have one of the best transfer situations in the United States!

The only missing ingredient is the doctors.  The perinataolgist is the only doctor involved in these meetings.  After about two decades of licensure for midwives in FL, many of the OBs are clueless about the level of training and education LMs or CPMs receive or the laws concerning their practice.  Many of the docs still call the Licensed Midwives “lay midwives” and a couple of the Health Department OBs even tell the women who transfer care to the hospital that LMs are unskilled or untrained and scold them for choosing midwifery care.

Although my goal is for all the moms and babies I serve to remain healthy and low risk and not need hospital care, I hope to develop good relationships with as many doctors as possible so that moms and babies will have an even greater chance of having a positive experience just in case they do need to transfer to the hospital.  I plan to do this and still be true to my convictions concerning traditional midwifery and the excellent maternity care women deserve.  I believe in doing so, moms and babies in my community win!

Kristin Schuchmann
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


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!

Several people have contacted us recently asking about when their membership dues should be paid. Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year. So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2009, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2010, to be sure it is received in time. If you became a member sometime in 2010, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2011.

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

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Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

It's been over a year since Charis headquarters moved to Florida.  If you use our old Virginia Beach address, your mail will not reach us as the post office is no longer forwarding mail.  Be sure to mail your yearly membership fees to the Florida address!

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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.


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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June 2011