Volume 10

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 6


In This Issue

About Children
     Your Toddler Won’t Go to Bed

Charis Family
Morgan Mitchell
Charis Cuisine
Garlic Dill Sauerkraut

 Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya


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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, October 03, 2015
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 12, 2015

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by: Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)

Weekly Series
September 24-October 29, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
November 5-December 17,  Thursdays 7:00-9:00

Weekend Series
August 28 & 29 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
November 6 & 7 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

Eat Right Now Workshop
email info@birthinsightva.com for upcoming dates

Live Right Now Workshop
email info@birthinsightva.com for upcoming dates

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. 

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Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann aka "Nannie" and grandson Eric

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 midwife, too.

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 help.

Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
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

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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, 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:
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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  June 2015