Saturday, October 2, 2010
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Birthways Family Birth Center
in Sarasota, 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 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
A delicious lunch will be provided for all the workshop attendees
to enjoy as you get to know each other better during a midday
The cost is $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members
(includes one-year Charis membership).
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from God as Charis enters this season of growth
Charis have a heart for the nations and we try to keep a finger on
the pulse of different cultures and their birthing practices. I have
been learning a little bit about a culture lately that I thought you
might find very interesting. I'm going to tell you a little about
the culture and I want you to guess where they live.
people group lives in small, overcrowded, insect-infested,
dilapidated homes. Extended family or several families all live
under one roof. Many of them live a migrant life and most are
not originally from the country where they currently live.
Disease is rampant in this community. HIV, syphilis,
tuberculosis, hepatitis, and others are just some of the diseases
they face and the people have very little understanding of how to
prevent transmission of these diseases. Women, especially, are at
risk for HIV. Leprosy has even been found there.
Health care available to them is limited.
they live is especially difficult for pregnant women. The work
they do, extreme poverty, malnourishment, and substandard living
conditions put them at risk for many pregnancy complications such as
spina bifida, gestational diabetes, severe birth defects, IUGR,
preterm birth, and more. These expectant moms do not usually receive
prenatal care and will just show up at the nearest hospital when
they are ready to deliver their babies.
work long, hard hours with rarely a day off in one of the most
dangerous jobs there is: farm work. Pesticide and other
hazardous chemical exposure, stoop labor, climbing tall ladders with
100-lb bags of produce on their backs, accidents involving farm
machinery, unavailability of drinking water, lack of bathroom and
hand washing facilities, and other hazards lead to many health
problems, injuries, and deaths. Both men and women do this work, but
women are paid only about half of what the men are paid to do
identical work. Women are mistreated, harassed, and raped on the
average income for one of these farm workers is the equivalent of
$5,000 to $7,500 a year. Some crews are reported to be paid
only in drugs and alcohol.
Have you guessed yet???
Most of these people spend their life savings to move to the country
where they now live in hopes of a better life for their families.
Many are deceived and coerced into paying huge sums of money for
"papers" they need to enter the new country, only to find out
afterwards that they have been scammed. All their money gone, they
feel trapped in their new life.
Cultural and language barriers make it difficult for them to
integrate into the culture of their new country.
Shopping is especially a challenge for them. There are schools
available, but sending their children to be taught within an
unfamiliar culture with different morals and values is very scary
for these families.
Have you figured it out???
With these third-world living conditions and with working conditions
and treatment resembling slavery in the US in the 1800's, one would
expect this to be happening somewhere in perhaps Africa or South
America. These impoverished communities, however, exist
unnoticed right here in the United States of America, in the shadows
of pristine residential communities with manicured landscaping and
there were people who worked on the farms here where I live in
Florida, and I knew they were probably not paid well; but until
recently, I had no idea how bad it really is. Although
the majority of them are either United States citizens or are here
working legally, their life
is eerily similar to the life of slaves on southern plantations, but
just with a different name: migrant and seasonal farm workers.
I didn't know that so many of these workers brought their families
to live here under false pretenses. I didn't know that there are
people out there deceiving and scamming in order to get cheap
laborers to come to the US.
I know, I wonder what I can do to help. I wonder if, as a midwife, I
will be able to do something to make life a little better for these
moms and babies. I don't know exactly what I will be able to do, but
I know that the first step is to learn their language. I now have a
huge desire to learn Spanish along with my children during
homeschooling. I don't know what the next step will be, but I'm sure
God will reveal it to me when it is time.
is not the only place where these communities exist. They are all
over the United States and there may even be a migrant or seasonal
farm worker community in your "backyard". I encourage you to find
out. Education is desperately needed. Perhaps YOU will be able to
provide childbirth classes, doula services, or a "free access"
clinic where they can come to receive prenatal care. Perhaps you are
able to do some grant writing in order to provide the funding for
such endeavors. Those kinds of things save lives.
My ultimate hope is that more and more people will become aware of
this "modern day slavery" and that something can be done to bring it
to an end. Until then, I want to do whatever God leads me to do to
help these beautiful people.
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies