Volume 4

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 9


In This Issue

Homebirth Is As Safe As hospital Birth
   Canadian researchers find lower rate of complications
 A Choice For Low Risk Pregnancies
Reducing Infant Mortality
     and Improving the Health of Babies

Our Charis Family
     Katie Tinker
Charis Cuisine
     Spicy Cream of Celery Soup
 Life in Ukraine
 Tidbits from Ebony
     A Good Book, New Toy, Special Month & Young Man

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P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

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Weekend Intensive Workshops:

Friday, September 18th, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Cost: $150.00

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Reducing Infant Mortality
 and Improving The Health of Babies

A wide range of view points ~ A simple message
Normalize Birth
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  • Grants and other funding for the expansion of the Charis ministry

  • 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

Our Director's Heart

Kristin Schuchmann

On the heels of the recent reports of studies showing the safety of home birth with a qualified midwife, we dedicate this issue of the Charis newsletter to birth at home.

On August 31, 2009, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported on a study of home birth with the conclusion that “Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.” Earlier, the June 2005 issue of the British Medical Journal featured the CPM 2000 study, the largest prospective study of planned home birth with a direct-entry midwife, and came to the same conclusion: that homebirth is as safe as hospital birth for low risk women, yet carries a much lower rate of medical interventions, including Cesarean section. This, of course, is what midwives and home birthing families have known all along. It is delightful to see the wonderful truth in publication.

As a result, I would like to applaud four groups of people:

First, I want to thank the doctors out there who have worked collaboratively with home birth midwives so that when transfer of care is needed, there is a smooth transition for the family. Your support of midwifery is a huge blessing to birthing families!

Next, I’m not sure that there is a way to adequately show our love and gratitude for the excellent midwives who have tirelessly, selflessly given of themselves to ensure that women can have a safe and satisfying birth at home. You are priceless treasures within your communities!

Third, a huge round of applause needs to go out to all the senior midwives, who have caught the vision of “each one teach one”, who have become trusted teachers and have taken the time to pass along their wisdom and skills to the next generation of midwives. Thank you for not keeping it to yourselves. It is because of you that there is a future for midwifery and home birth!

And, lastly, kudos to the expectant moms who have researched and studied and learned about pregnancy and birth so that they could make quality, informed decisions concerning their care, who have changed their diet in order to best nourish themselves and their babies, who have stayed fit during their pregnancies so that they were physically ready for birthing day. Your lifestyle and positive choices are the biggest reason YOU succeeded in your healthy birth within the safety and comfort of your own home!

It is because of all of you that home birth remains a good choice for birthing families.

With love, respect, and gratitude,

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth

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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 '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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September 2009