Volume 5

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 9


In This Issue

Christian Midwives International
2010 Conference
About Birth
     Should Women Learn to Give Birth at Home?

About Babies
     How Important Is Physical Contact with Your Infant?
Charis Cuisine

      Sunflower & Hemp Seed Dip
Charis Around the World
     Tidbits From Ebony

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Our address

Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

It's been over a year since Charis headquarters moved to Florida.  If you use our old Virginia Beach address, your mail will not reach us as the post office is no longer forwarding mail.  Be sure to mail your yearly membership fees to the Florida address!

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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, October 2, 2010
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Birthways Family Birth Center
in Sarasota, 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.

The cost is $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members (includes one-year Charis membership).

 To register, complete the Registration Form
and mail it, along with payment, to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

Childbirth Education Series

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Weekend Intensive:
October 22nd - 23rd
December 17th - 18
six week class
fall: Oct 13th-Nov 17th
winter: Jan 5th-Feb 9th
Wed nights 7-9pm

Cost $200.00

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 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

Dear Charis Family,

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 midwifery schools.

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 waterfall beauty.

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.

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

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


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!

For more information
Visit the
Charis Web site
for course description and outline.

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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 2010