Saturday, October 2, 2010
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Birthways Family Birth Center
in Sarasota, Florida
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
A delicious lunch will be provided for all the workshop attendees
to enjoy as you get to know each other better during a midday
The cost is $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members
(includes one-year Charis membership).
register, complete the
and mail it, along with payment, to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
October 22nd - 23rd
December 17th - 18
six week class
fall: Oct 13th-Nov 17th
winter: Jan 5th-Feb 9th
Wed nights 7-9pm
For more information and to register visit our website:
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
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
For our directors and
administration: Wisdom, guidance, energy, and provision
from God as Charis enters this season of growth
I love hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Appalachian
Trail or Skyline Drive. Around every bend is a new
breathtaking view and interesting wildlife to observe. I
especially love hiking to the waterfalls. Oh, but it is not an
easy hike to the waterfalls! Those trails are usually the
longest or steepest. It takes incredible energy to reach the
anticipated destination. After such a hike, I usually discover
muscles I didn’t know I had! Although I have to push myself to
the limits and suffer with a sore body for days, experiencing the
beauty and tranquility of that stunning part of God’s Creation is
worth every bit of pain and effort.
It will be awhile before I get to hike in the mountains again,
however. My next trip to Skyline Drive is scheduled for August
of 2012. Why do I have to wait so long? I am currently
on a different kind of “hike” that is keeping me close to home here
in southwest Florida. In August of 2012 I will have completed
the requirements to receive my midwifery license in Florida so that
I can care for expectant families in my community and so that Charis
can open a school here that will meet the requirements for FL
I, unfortunately, don’t get to put much of my life on hold so I can
devote myself completely to this task. I homeschool my
children, we pastor a church, and I am still at the helm of Charis
Childbirth, Inc., that is growing by leaps and bounds these days.
Those things alone are more than a full-time job, so adding my
midwifery education, clinicals, and birth attendance has created the
kind of challenging hike required to reach the amazing mountain
Although it is challenging, my journey is well worth the time and
effort it takes to reach my goal. I’m finding out that I have
“muscles” I didn’t know I had before. It is wonderful to
discover that God truly has equipped me with the “muscles” needed
for this task, even though it is often difficult and uncomfortable.
I am also extremely thankful that I am not alone in this endeavor.
God has sent people like my awesome preceptor, midwife Christina
Holmes; midwives Jennie Joseph, Justine Clegg, and Sheila Simms
Watson and Shaleana Eubanks Worlds who teach at Commonsense
Childbirth School of Midwifery; my classmates at CCSM;
Charis’s very own director of midwifery studies, Susan Oshel; and my
amazing husband and children to keep me company and help me along
the way. The view once I get to the end of this “hike” will be
the fulfillment of a lifelong dream and I can’t wait celebrate
during my vacation to the mountains!
I want to encourage all of you that you, too, have what it takes to
reach your dreams. I sincerely believe that God gives us
everything we need to fulfill the dream He has placed within our
hearts! Knowing that, you can be confident that you will reach your
destination and receive the blessing of the “waterfall”.
If anyone wants to join me at Loft Mountain Campground in Shenandoah
National Park in August of 2012, I would LOVE it!!! We’ll be hiking
to the waterfalls.
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
You will love the flexible, thorough,
distance academics course offered through Charis Childbirth!
Want to serve childbearing families as a Certified Doula or
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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