Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 7


In This Issue

Becoming a Midwife
     My Calling - My Heart

Our Charis Family
Caramel Gray
Charis Cuisine
Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles       
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
will be held
Saturday, July 27th, 2013
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At LifeSong Midwifery in North Port, Florida

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 workshop is full and we're looking forward to it!

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
September 12 - October 24
November 7 - December 19

Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
August 2 & 3 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
November 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

 (cost $250 per couple) 

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


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. 

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Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9 (NASB)

Serving expectant families has got to be the most fulfilling job in the world!  I love being a midwife, being “with woman”!  Walking alongside young couples as they become parents and being part of that transformation is exhilarating!  Being invited to participate in the birth of new life as a family grows has got to be one of the greatest honors ever!

Another truth, however, is that this work is hard, VERY hard.  We give 110% to everyone.  All the time.  We miss sleep.  Our clients are often sad when we take time off for a family vacation or personal rest and relaxation. Our cell phones are with us, and ring, 24/7.  We leave our own families to serve other families, yet we do not get compensated well for what we do.  All of this can lead to resentment and, eventually, burn-out.

So, is it possible to keep loving what we do for the long-haul?  Can we keep the flame of passion for our work from growing dim?  Can we be good to ourselves and our families while still serving our communities with excellence?

I believe we can, but not completely on our own.  We need God’s wisdom and strength to finish well.

I would like to encourage birth workers with a few of the tidbits of guidance I believe God has given me:

~ Delegate the parts of managing your practice that are not your strengths or that you do not enjoy.  For me, it is the clerical side of things. For instance, I use a billing service for my insurance claims so I don’t have to worry about it.  It costs me 8% of what the insurance companies pay, but that is a small price to pay for my sanity.

~ Take time off, even if it means clients will choose another midwife who will be in town when they are due.  I try to take time off twice a year, at least one of those breaks is for a couple weeks.

~ Limit the size of your practice to what is easily manageable.  For me, that is 4 due dates in a calendar month.

~ Do not allow money to be the main motivating factor in any of the decisions you make.  That kind of motivation will eventually rob you of joy.

~ Eat very well and drink lots of water.

~ Budget for a chiropractic adjustment after every birth.

~ Charge what you are worth and don’t apologize for it.

~ Remember that you are not the world’s birth savior.

~ Love the people you serve. I mean, REALLY love them. That is what keeps the passion burning.

~ Do not neglect your relationship with Jesus. Ever. The work you do requires too much of you to be running on empty. You will crash and burn all too soon if your relationship with God is not your highest priority. In order to be the kind of midwife your community deserves, you need everything that intimacy with Christ gives.

“Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)

Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
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

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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



  • 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 2013