From "Your Birthing Family" ~
In This Issue
About Babies and
Autism Spectrum Disorder: The One Thing You May Have NOT Tried
Our Charis Family
Letters to the Editor
Comments from our readers
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony
Childbirth in Kenya
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Please join us in congratulating Charis midwifery student Carrie Hartman!!!
Her commitment to excellence has paid off and she has reached a milestone in her
educational journey in becoming a Charis Certified Childbirth Educator and
Doula! Congratulations, Carrie! Your life and work is making a
difference and the lives of countless women and babies will be impacted as a
Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, August 11, 2012
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
At The Beaverdam Baptist Missionary Home
15136 Hopeful Church Road
Montpelier, Virginia 23192
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 $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members (includes one-year
and mail it, along with payment, to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Presented by: Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
September 13th - October 25th - Thursday evenings
November 1st - 15th - Thursday evenings
November 29th - December 20th - Thursday evenings
(cost $250 per couple)
August 3rd - 4th
November 9 - 10
(cost: $250 per couple)
May 29th, 7-9 pm
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Did you know
"In The five
European countries with the lowest infant mortality rates, midwives preside at
more than 70 percent of all births. More than half of all Dutch babies are born
at home with midwives in attendance, and Holland's maternal and infant mortality
rates are far lower than in the United States..." ("Midwives Still Hassled by
Medical Establishment," Caroline Hall Otis, Utne Reader, Nov./Dec. 1990, pp.
Sheri Hunt and
I have some very,
VERY good friends. In order for me to meet one of those friends, my family
had to relocate to southwest FL, 1000 miles from the city where I had lived my
entire life. From the very first time I met Sheri Hunt, I knew she was a
sister. Honestly, if the ONLY reason we had to move to North Port, FL, was
to meet the Hunt family, it would have been completely worth it. Sheri is
a compassionate giver and has blessed me more than I can explain. One of
those blessings came when she kept asking if there was anything she could do to
help with Charis. I finally gave in and accepted her help when she
volunteered to help with a Charis workshop a few years ago. She jumped in
and took care of the details as if she had been doing it forever. After
the workshop, I had to hire her! As my administrative assistant, Sheri has
taken on some of the tasks that I desperately needed to delegate, but had no one
to whom I could delegate them. What a huge burden she has so sweetly taken
off my shoulders! Those of you who have had the opportunity to get to know
Sheri understand what a treasure she is!
Charis is not Sheri's only job, however. Sheri is an excellent wife and
homeschooling mother of two terrific boys and also works for the elections
office in our city. Her work at the elections office is increasing and
she, unfortunately, will not be able to work as my administrative assistant with
Charis after the end of this month. Don't worry, she will continue to be
part of Charis in other ways, but her role will be different than it has been.
I completely support Sheri in this shift and appreciate very much her commitment
to her first priorities at home with her family.
As a result of this, Charis is hiring! If you or someone you know
who lives in or near North Port, FL, would like to work closely with me as my
administrative assistant, please let me know. The work at this point
in time is only about 3 to 6 hours each week, two long weekends each year, and
includes simple tasks such as photocopying and mailing manuals and modules to
students; corresponding with me, Susan, Rachel, and students via e-mail; running
some errands; helping with workshops; creating documents such as certificates
and diplomas; and some bookkeeping. There is also a possibility for the position
to grow and require more time in the future. The person who will enjoy
this position the most has good organizational skills; is detail-oriented; has
the ability to communicate well in writing; is creative; has experience with
Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher; has reliable transportation; has a love for
pregnancy, birth, babies, and breastfeeding; and has an appreciation for
midwives, doulas, and other natural birth professionals. Experience with
QuickBooks is a huge plus! If this sounds like you, I would LOVE to
receive your resume! Resumes can be e-mailed to
administration@CharisChildbirth.org. I will be interviewing soon!
Looking forward to what the future holds!
~Kristin Schuchmann, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
P.S. Don't forget about the camping trip coming up after the workshop in August!
I would love for you and your family to join us at Loft Mountain campground in
Shenandoah National Park during the week of August 12-18. We are going to
have such a GREAT time!!!
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
Look us up
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, 2011, your dues should be mailed
by the middle of December, 2012, to be sure it is received in time. If you
became a member sometime in 2012, then your membership is not due until December
You can send your
membership form and $30 dues to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
You will love the flexible, thorough,
distance academics course offered through Charis Childbirth!
Want to serve childbearing families as a Certified Doula or
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.
For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and
Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of
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
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,
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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