Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 8


In This Issue

About Babies and Children
    Why Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby & Parenting
Our Charis Family
Christy Hicks
Charis Cuisine
     Salad in a Jar
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya
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(cost $250 per couple)
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November 9 - 10
(cost: $250 per couple)

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Did you know

People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don't.  Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system - not to mention a good belly-laugh is great exercise!!  Six-year-olds have it best - they laugh an average of 300 times a day.  Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.


Our Director's Heart

Beaverdam Baptist Missionary Home
 in Montpelier, Virginia

Greetings from your Newsletter Editor and Charis Director of Midwifery Studies, Susan Oshel.  Kristin is on vacation in Virginia and because her computer broke while traveling she hasn't been able to send her "Director's Heart".   Thus we're a little late releasing the newsletter this month and send our apologies to you, our beloved readers! 

What a wonderful gathering we had at the Charis "Labor Support Workshop" held on Saturday, August 11, 2012!  We were nestled in beautiful rural Montpelier, Virginia at the Beaverdam Baptist Missionary Home.  Old students and new gathered for dinner Friday night at California Pizza Kitchen at Short Pump Town Center outside Richmond, VA before the workshop.  Bright and early Saturday morning we began an awesome day becoming more skilled in the process of helping families during labor and immediately following birth.   I always come home refreshed and inspired after attending Charis workshops, and this one was super awesome and inspiring!!  It was great to meet face-to-face some of our dedicated Charis students!!  Look for a full overview about our adventures in next month's newsletter and on the Charis website.

Join us in welcoming Christy Hicks as our new administrative assistant!  Last month Kristin Schuchmann announced that Sheri Hunt would be unable to continue working as her administrative assistant after July and that we were accepting applications for the position.  After looking through many resumes, Christy Hicks was chosen to be our new administrative assistant.  Her qualifications are perfect and she is amazing!  Kristin met Christy (and fell instantly in love with her!) when she began prenatal care with her at Birthways in 2010 and she had the huge privilege of serving Christy and her husband Ed as their midwife when they delivered their beautiful baby girl Athena a year ago.  Were super happy to have Christy as the newest member of the Charis family!  Enjoy meeting  Christy in "Our Charis Family" feature this month. 

Love and Blessings,
Susan Oshel, CPM, Charis Director of Midwifery Studies

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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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 CEs, 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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August 2012