Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 8





Our Charis Family

Christy Hicks

Christy Hicks and her little happy Athena

Hello Charis Family,

My name is Christy Hicks, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve Charis as the new administrative assistant!   Kristin Schuchmann was my midwife at Birthways Family Birth Center, and Iím so grateful for the chain of happy accidents that led me to her, and the natural way of life.

When I first became pregnant, I started researching which hospital to give birth in.   I was born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida, and according to their website, they had one of the best maternity wards in the country.  I happily called my gynecologist of 12 years to schedule my first prenatal appointment, only to be told that she ďdidnít DEAL with pregnant women.Ē  I was shocked.  I had spent years looking for the best GYN, and I knew that she was the only one in the tri-county area that I was comfortable with seeing.  The very idea of having to search for a new one was terrifying.

I started to do some research.  I came across a magazine article that talked about Birthways Family Birth Center, and the benefits of birthing outside of the hospital.  Since I already have a fear of doctors and hospitals, hiring a midwife just made sense.  When I first met Kristin, I knew immediately that I had found my midwife.  We connected immediately, and I felt so comfortable at the birth center.

I was still pretty naÔve at first.  I still wanted an epidural, or some sort of pain management, because I didnít think I could handle the pain.  As I continued to research though, I became more confident in my ability to give birth naturally, without any medication.   My darling daughter, Athena, was born at Birthways, with Kristin attending.  It was a perfect birth, without serious complications or medication.

Athena turns one this month.  My journey into the world of natural products has continued, as I discovered cloth diapering and making organic baby food.  I will keep on learning and growing in this area.  I am sure I will gain so much knowledge from Charis.  I look forward to getting to know you all.  :)

Christy and Ed Hicks


Charis Cuisine

Salad in a Jar

Have you wondered how to eat when you're working or on the run?  Do you or your loved ones grab unhealthy fast food when you simply don't have time?  Have you tried salads in a jar yet? Just add your favorite dressing to the bottom of a Mason or Ball jar and salad ingredients on top.  The best part, the lettuce goes in last so it stays nice and crispy, just shake the jar and you're good to go.  Making a few jars ahead of time gives you easy to grab-and-run lunches or snacks.

1 - on the bottom of the jar place your dressing

2 - next add your hearty bits:  beans, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, bell peppers, chick peas, green beans and other hearty bits

3 - on top of the hearty bits place your lighter bits:  quinoa, seeds, walnuts, mandarin oranges, sprouts, tomatoes, red onions, corn, peas, mushrooms, broccoli, strawberries, almonds or other lighter bits

4 - finishing up place your salad on top:  spinach, arugula, mixed greens or other salad leaves

 There are numerous tasty combinations to fill your lunch jar. Here's a tasty recipe I tried and it was great! ~Susan Oshel

Sprinkle of olive oil and Braggs Liquid Aminos

2 tbsp hemp seeds

1 small handful soaked sunflower seeds

1/2 cucumber, sliced

1 small carrot cut into small pieces

thin layer of chick peas

1/4 red bell pepper, diced

layer of sprouts

1.5 cups microgreens (red mustard, wrinkled cress and arugula)

Sprinkle of sea salt before eating.

 '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