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~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 9





Our Charis Family

Katie Tinker

The Tinker Family
Isaiah, Katie, DeAndre and Armand Tinker

Hello everyone! My name is Katie Tinker and I am from Perry, IA. I'm 27 years old and am married with two children, Isaiah (4 years old) and Armand (2 years old). DeAndre and I were married in June of 2003 and had our two boys in July of '05 and February of '07. Both of my babies were delivered in a hospital with an O.B. It was after those experiences that led me to seek other birthing options.

At the time we birthed our children, I was unaware of childbirth options, and unaware of midwifery care.  I had absolutely no clue what a doula was! I was researching different options online for childbirth because I was planning on having another baby. I wanted to do something different since my last pregnancies were healthy and the babies were born healthy. I thought it would be a good idea to go with a midwife the next time around. I had also been toying with the idea of going to nursing school with hopes of working in the labor and delivery unit.

This was just an idea and I wasn't sure what I really thought about actually doing it. Then, in January of 2009 I found out I was pregnant again. I was very nervous about it because my husband and I were going through financial difficulty beyond what we had ever experienced at this point and we were a little scared. We prayed and put our trust in the Lord and started to make plans for the baby and were looking at names, buying things and figuring out a way to better our finances. Then at my 10 week appointment I found out that my baby had died at 6 weeks and that I was going to miscarry shortly.

 It was the worst thing my husband and I have ever gone through.  I know it could have been much worse, and that other people go through worse things than I could imagine.  Still, it was very hard. We were so disappointed and confused. My husband is a big man and intimidates some people when they first see him, but he has such a gentle heart and absolutely loves babies. It was heartbreaking to watch him go through this with me. Through that painful time we felt God so close to us. He never left me. Without His love and mercy, we  could not have gotten through it.

After that experience I realized that I really wanted to work with childbearing women and their families. I felt God opened my eyes to what He wanted me to do. I had been stuck in a rut and He took me out and put a passion in my heart for other women going through pregnancy and birth. I started looking for ways that I could become involved and do something in this area and I found Charis Childbirth while looking online. I felt God led me to this school and I am so happy to be a part of it! I am learning a lot and am looking forward to getting to know all of you! God bless!


Armand and Isaiah Tinker


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Charis Cuisine

Spicy Cream of Celery Soup
from Kristin Schuchmann's kitchen


1 large bunch of celery, diced

1 or 2 jalapeno or serrano peppers, diced

4 C water

C cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

C fresh lime juice (or lemon)

2 t raw honey or raw agave nectar

1 or 2 t sea salt

2 red bell peppers, diced

1 ripe avocado, diced


Place all ingredients (except red bell pepper and avocado) in blender and blend until smooth and creamy and pour into large bowl. Stir in the diced bell peppers and avocado. Serve room temperature or cold.

Celery Nutrient Values per 1 cup raw


vitamin A - 160.80 IU
A - beta carotene 93.60 mcg
thiamin - B1 0.06 mg
riboflavin - B2 0.05 mg
niacin - B3 0.39 mg
vitamin B6 0.10 mg
biotin - 0.12 mcg
vitamin C - 8.40 mg
vitamin E - 0.64 IU
folate - 33.60 mcg
vitamin K - 35.26 mcg
pantothenic acid - 0.22 mg


calcium - 48.00 mg
copper - 0.04 mg
iron - 0.48 mg
magnesium - 13.20 mg
manganese - 0.12 mg
molybdenum - 6.00 mcg
phosphorus - 30.00 mg
potassium - 344.40 mg
selenium - 1.08 mcg
sodium - 104.40 mg
zinc - 0.16 mg

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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