Volume 11

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 8


In This Issue

Charis Family
Madeline French
Charis Cuisine
Cucumber & Avocado Zing Gazpacho
Charis Around the World
Childbirth PATHS International
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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, September 03, 2016
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At Charis Childbirth 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.

Workshop is full, looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Weekly Series
September 15- October 20 7:00-9:00
November 3- December 15 7:00-9:00 (skipping Thanksgiving)

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!


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Exciting Birth Announcement

Charis is proud to announce the birth of her very first sister! Heritage School of Midwifery and Natural Health Sciences received her official license as a Florida approved midwifery program on August 12, 2016! It was an extra long gestation and a hard labor, but she is finally here! For those who may be wondering why Charis was not satisfied as an only child, here is a little history:

Charis Childbirth was born in January of 2003 and has trained dozens of doulas, childbirth educators, lactation counselors and midwives for over a decade. Charis-trained birth professionals continue to practice in many states in the United States and many other countries around the world as a result of the unique form of education provided through Charis Childbirth.

When I moved to Florida in 2007, I discovered that Florida has special requirements for midwives, including 3 years of in-classroom training. Charis Childbirth meets the needs of students who desire a distance academic program, but another option is needed for the future midwives in Florida. This need inspired the dream to start a Florida-approved midwifery school that shares Charis Childbirth’s passion for improving maternity outcomes all over the world, starting with bringing midwifery training to my own ‘neighborhood’ in southwest Florida.

As sister schools, they are completely separate corporations and, just as it was when your mother gave birth to your sister, the birth of Heritage has not been as a result of Charis's efforts or finances, but my own as the "mother". Charis Childbirth, however, is extremely happy proud to welcome her sister Heritage School of Midwifery into the family and they will always share a sisterly bond.

Without my incredible staff, neither Charis nor Heritage would be thriving. Huge thanks go to Christy Hicks, Administrative Director of Heritage School of Midwifery, who has worked tirelessly for the past couple years to ensure that this dream became a reality. Next time you see Christy, show her some love!

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Chidbirth, Inc.

Contact Us

Charis Childbirth
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289

 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, 2014, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2015, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2015, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2016.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
2575 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., Suite 3
North Port, FL 34289

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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  August 2016