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Your Toddler Won’t Go to Bed
Garlic Dill Sauerkraut
Charis Around the World
Childbirth in Kenya
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Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, October 03, 2015
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
North Port, Florida
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
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
To register, complete the
and mail it, along with payment, to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Registration must be received before September 12, 2015
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Our Director's Heart
Kristin Schuchmann aka "Nannie" and
Where do you live? Where are you willing to
go? More birth professionals are needed there!
I live in North Port, Florida. I need a partner midwife—the perfect partner
midwife—badly. As a solo midwife, if my travel plans are not made far in
advance, I can’t travel. I missed my Dad’s 75th birthday party in Virginia Beach
this month because the party was not planned prior to my committing to expectant
families to be their midwife. While family members and friends from all over
gathered to celebrate, I sat in front of my computer 1000 miles away, hoping
people would post photos on Facebook and Instagram. If I had a partner midwife,
I would have been able to be there in person for my father’s special day.
I feel pretty selfish, however, wanting another midwife in my geographic area,
where there are already about ten midwives. I think about Lucy Muchiri in
Nairobi, Kenya, the only formally trained and licensed midwife in the entire
country attending births outside of the hospital. She has a relatively new birth
center keeping her busy on top of her home birth practice. She needs a partner
And, then I think about my friend Pearl in Kenya who is due to give birth to her
second baby in August. There are no midwives in her town and the nearest
hospital is too far for her to drive with her history of fast labor. She and I
have been meeting via Skype or telephone for prenatal visits, which is not
ideal; but, that is the best we can do. She is blessed to have the resources to
be able to travel to Nairobi next week and stay for a couple months so she can
give birth with Lucy, but what about all the other women in her town without
those resources? They need a midwife living in their community!
And, then there is Charis student Lilian who lives in Bungoma, Kenya, where
there are no midwives who can train Lilian in the hands-on portion of her
midwifery education. Her community needs her to finish her education so she can
care for the expectant families there, but she will have to relocate in order to
complete that training. Since she is Kenyan, without an act of God, she is
unlikely to get a visa to come to the States for that training.
And, there are Charis students in many other parts of the developing world whose
names and locations we do not share for safety reasons. Moms and babies are
needlessly suffering and dying. If there were a handful of well-trained
childbirth educators, doulas, and midwives in those areas, it would only begin
to meet the needs.
Wherever you are, chances are pretty good that there is a need that could be met
by adding some more childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, and lactation
specialists. If you have a heart to relocate and serve a community in another
part of the world, the needs there are surely great and you may very well have
what it takes to make a difference there.
Perhaps God is calling you to be part of this beautiful work here in the United
States and around the world! I would love to hear from you if you would like to
join the loving family of Charis-trained birth professionals.
I would also love to hear from you if you have a license to practice midwifery
in Florida (or will become licensed within the next year) and would like to
partner with me as a LifeSong midwife serving the precious families here in
southwest Florida (or, as I call it, “paradise”).
The world needs more midwives and other birth professionals. Badly. Please pray
for the people I mentioned above and those who must remain nameless for safety
reasons. Pray for all of the Charis students and those who have already
completed their education. The work we are doing is important and we need more
Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
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, 2014, your dues should be mailed
by the middle of December, 2015, to be sure it is received in time. If you
become a member sometime in 2015, then your membership renewal is not due until
December 31, 2016.
You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290