Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 9


In This Issue

About Birth
Cultural Postpartum Traditions and
              Their Positive or Negative Effects
Our Charis Family
Michelle Kante
Charis Cuisine
Broccoli Slaw       
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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Childbirth Preparation Classes

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
November 7 - December 19
January 9 - February 20
February 27 - April 10
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
November 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
February 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:00)
May 2 & 3 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
 (cost $250 per couple) 

For more information and to register visit our website
or call 757-270-0437 

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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!

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Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

Our Director's Heart

Hello, Charis Family!

I have noticed in my own midwifery practice that women who see a chiropractor throughout their pregnancies have fewer aches and pains during pregnancy and they experience easier labors.  Because of this, I recommend that all my clients receive regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy.

Lately, because of the great results I have been seeing, I have also started recommending that all new moms take their babies for adjustments.  Several babies who were born at home with me recently were dramatically helped as a result of chiropractic care and I would like to share their stories with you (names changed).

Baby Jack was born after a very fast labor and had a slow start.  His breathing continued to be fast and labored a couple hours after delivery, so we called the chiropractor. With a gentle adjustment, Jack’s breathing immediately slowed to a normal pace and was no longer labored, saving him a trip to NICU and a battery of unnecessary, invasive, painful tests.

Baby Mary was born after her mother pushed for a long time.  It took longer than usual because Mary was asynclitic, her head was tilted toward her shoulder so that she was not centered well in her mom’s pelvis as she descended.  Because I was concerned about how that position may have affected her neck, I recommended to her parents that they take her to see the chiropractor as soon as they felt up to the outing.  Mary was rarely content and fussed a lot during the first few days after she was born.  Once her mom felt up to it, they took her to the chiropractor and had her adjusted.  Wow!  What a difference it made! They said they felt like they were meeting the “real Mary” for the very first time.  She was happy, nursed well, slept well, and only cried during diaper changes.  When she was a couple months old, Mary went a week between bowel movements, so they had her adjusted and she pooped immediately afterwards right in the chiropractor’s office.  They have had her adjusted regularly ever since.

Baby Caleb, a roly poly ten pound baby boy, was water-born after a fast labor.  During the newborn exam, I noticed that his face was not as symmetrical as I would have expected.  His lower jaw was a bit crooked. I recommended that his parents have him adjusted.  With a house full of children, an outing wasn’t high on the list of priorities for this mom and she didn’t take him in.  Caleb was not her greatest nurser.  He snapped and clicked and popped at the breast, took in a lot of air, spit up a lot, and always seemed hungry.  Since she had an overactive letdown, she took appropriate measures to keep that from causing him a problem. But the problems persisted.  Weeks passed and Caleb kept losing weight. He eventually plateaued, but did not regain his birth weight.  At his 6 week pediatrician visit, the doctor said they would have to put him on formula and send him for gastric evaluation and testing if he did not gain weight within the next week.  The mom didn’t want her baby to be fed formula or go through testing if it was unnecessary, so she asked if I thought chiropractic might help. I, of course, recommended seeing the chiropractor immediately. She found a chiropractor who could see her the next day and took him in.  Every few days, the chiropractor would adjust his jaw, and Caleb had significant improvement with every adjustment.  Today, he is a growing, chunky, happy baby boy who did not have to be given formula or undergo the testing the pediatrician said he should get.

Baby Jane, a beautiful girl born just moments after I arrived at her home, nursed once while I was there, but after I left, she did not nurse well again.  She cried and cried whenever her mother put her to the breast.  A couple days after she was born, I was at her home checking on her and it was evident that she was hungry, but her discomfort was too great for her to latch and nurse.  I called the chiropractor and arranged for her to be seen that afternoon. While her mom was in the chiropractor’s office, she tried to nurse, but Jane just cried. The chiropractor came out to the waiting area and adjusted her right there on the spot, took them back to a private room, and Jane happily nursed for the first time since she was born.  I saw Jane a couple days later and she was nursing so well that she already weighed more than she did at birth!  The chiropractor saw her a few more times and nursing has been going great ever since!

Chiropractic adjustments are so gentle and babies seem to enjoy them very much.  There is such great potential for incredible good, that I now recommend for all babies to be adjusted by a chiropractor who is experienced in adjusting little ones within the first few days after they are born.

Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
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

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  • For the Charis CE’s, doulas, and midwives: rest, peace, protection, wisdom, discernment
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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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  September 2013