Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 7


In This Issue

About Babies and Children
    Autism Spectrum Disorder: The One Thing You May Have NOT Tried
Our Charis Family
Robin B.
Charis Cuisine
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 result!


Mark Your Calendars

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

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 $200 for Charis members and $230 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

Childbirth Preparation Classes

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)
Weekend Series
August 3rd - 4th
November 9 - 10
(cost: $250 per couple)
VBAC Workshop
May 29th, 7-9 pm
(cost $25.00)

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

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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. 32-34)

Our Director's Heart

Sheri Hunt and Kristin Schuchmann

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!!!

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, 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 31, 2013.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

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.


  • 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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July 2012