Volume 6

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 7


In This Issue

About Nutrition
     An Apple a Day - But the Pesticide Won’t Go Away

About Birth
Politics, Power, and Birth
Our Charis Family
 Carrie Hartman
Charis Cuisine

    Colorful Salad With Ginger-Orange-Cucumber Dressing
    Glorious Garlic

Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony   
Childbirth in Kenya

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Mark Your Calendars

Childbirth Preparation Classes


Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Six Week Class
July 20 - August 24
(cost $200 per couple)
Eight Week Series
September 28th – November 16th
(cost $250 per couple)
Weekend Series
1. August 5th-6th  (cost: $200 per couple)
2. December 9th-10th  (cost: $250 per couple)
VBAC Workshop
August 2nd (cost 25.00 per person)

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


Christian Childbirth Preparation Classes

Midlothian, Virginia

Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm
August 1, 8, 15, 22
September 5, 12, 19

Classes include: prenatal nutrition, exercise, pain management, relaxation, comfort positions, stages of labor, pushing, post partum, obstetrical tests and procedures, informed decision-making and trusting God.

Yovela Childbirth Ministries
Rachel Thompson, (CCE, CD)
804-674-8451               804-514-8237
call for registration/$120 classes limited to 4 couples
classes held in a residence near St. Francis Hospital

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Another GREAT Charis Workshop

Dinner at Sharky's Friday night before the workshop

Left to right: Paula Malcein, Susan Oshel, Jessie Biggs, Kate McKinney, Rachel Thompson, Kristin Schuchmann, Rose Schuchmann, Sheri Hunt, Bethany Stricker, Lauren Tardy, Carrie Hartman. Not pictured: Nikki Zizak, Hannah Johnson, Jennifer Goodman and Joy Schuchmann, who is behind the camera.

What a wonderful time we all had at the Charis “Labor Support” Workshop on Tuesday, July 12!!! The midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, and students who attended all came away from the event with a better understanding of the physiology of pain and non-pharmacologic pain relief, with new ideas and tools we can use as we serve laboring women, and greater working knowledge of labor support techniques. It is always refreshing to spend time with the Charis ladies! I can’t wait to hear about how the attendees use their new rebozos they received at the workshop!

You can look forward to lots of pictures and testimonies in next month’s newsletter.

The next Charis workshop will be in the late winter and the details will be posted in future newsletters and at

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

Our address

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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July 2011