Volume 5

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 8


In This Issue

About Birth
New ACOG Guidelines: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean is a Safe Option
About Babies
     Extended Breastfeeding, New Research

About Children
     Power of Choice
Our Charis Family
Celia Sorensen
Charis Cuisine

      Live Popsicles  With a Crunch
            Staying Cool in the summer heat
Letters to the Editor
      Comments from our readers
Charis Around the World
     Our Support

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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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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, October 2, 2010
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Birthways Family Birth Center
in Sarasota, 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 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 Education Series

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)

Weekend Intensive:
August 27th & 28th
Lunch Included

Cost $150.00

For more information call (757)270-0437
To register and visit our website:
E-mail: info@birthinsightva.com

2010 Conference
Fixed on Him, Forgiven by His Grace, Finished by Him
Our 6th Annual Conference at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
August 30-September 2, 2010

MANA 2010 Conference
October 14 - 17, 2010
near Nashville, Tennessee
at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Boulevard, Franklin, Tennessee

Returning to our Roots, Sewing Seeds for our Future
Midwives Alliance of North American
Learn more and Register

Our Director's Heart

Elizabeth Lugmayer, CCE, CD, with Charis Director Kristin Schuchmann

Like a Proud Momma

Have you ever been in a store with your children when the cashier comments on what great kids you have? Or gotten a phone call or e-mail from another mom telling you how happy she is that your child is friends with her child? Or watched your children work very hard to accomplish something and celebrated their success?

I experience something very similar on a regular basis as the Executive Director of Charis Childbirth. I love watching our students work hard to become the best birth professionals they can be and it is absolutely thrilling to celebrate with them when they reach and accomplish their goals. It is also pure joy to receive phone calls and e-mails from people who have been served by Charis birth professionals raving about the care they received or to hear from midwives and OBs who love working with Charis students. Especially exciting are the e-mails from expectant families requesting a Charis-trained birth professional in their area because they have heard how great Charis ladies are.

I don’t think it is an accident that Charis-trained birth professionals have such a good reputation. Charis attracts women of character who have a heart to serve with excellence. These women didn’t choose the easiest, quickest, or least challenging course, but the one that would prepare them best to serve expectant families where they live. They study and work hard, and it pays off! Susan Oshel and I are incredibly proud of our students! They truly are the best of the best!

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


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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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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August 2010