Volume 12

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3


In This Issue

Charis Family
     Natalie Heurkins
Charis Cuisine
Raw Pad Thai with Spicy Almond Sauce
Charis Around the World
More to come on our trip to Kenya!

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Congratulations Emily Palisano of North Port, Florida!

Emily Palisano, Charis certified doula and childbirth educator, is our newest Charis certified lactation counselor graduate and we are endlessly proud of all the work she has done to complete her training with excellence!


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!


Contact Us

Charis Childbirth
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289

Kristin Schuchmann ~ Executive  Director
Cell (941)441-6410


Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies

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Our Director's Heart

Delilah Lickiss

What is YOUR story?

When meeting birth workers or aspiring birth workers, I love to ask about their story. Seasoned birth workers share amazing tales of love, family, birth, death, miracles, exhaustion, exhilaration, and fulfillment. Those who aspire to work with expectant families tell of the ache in their hearts to serve women and babies. There is always a story about what led to the moment midwives (or doulas)-to-be realized they could no longer be satisfied in life if they did not pursue this sacred work.

Birth work is a unique calling unlike most other professions. It requires a special skill set, quite a bit of sacrifice, tons of genuine love for people, and commitment to excellence that is rare. These attributes catapult a person into a journey filled with book-worthy adventures.

Where are you in your journey? Are you heading toward retirement, ready to write the final chapters of your book? Are you in the midst of serving a beautifully diverse population of growing families in your community, creating chapter after chapter of encounters with new life? Are you just now ready to answer the call to make an impact in the lives of families in your community, penning the preface to unimaginable birth encounters to come?

Many people who serve birthing families do write books. I encourage you to read their autobiographies and be encouraged and inspired. There are some, however, whose stories were not written and whose work is nearly forgotten. In the next Charis e-newsletter, I will share with you about one such amazing midwife, Delilah Lickiss, who served her midwest community in the early to mid-1900s. Her story has never been written, but her impact is immeasurable. My goal is to give the world a little glimpse into the life of this small-town homemaker and the difference she made in the world.

What will you do today and tomorrow to ensure that your story leaves a positive, lasting imprint on your community? Birth workers are influencers. Thank you for making the world a better place!

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



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, 2016, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2017, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2017, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2018.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289

For more information
Visit the
Charis Web site
for course description and outline. 




  • For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of hands-on learning
  • For the Charis CEs, 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 2017