Volume 9

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 9


In This Issue

Our Charis Family

Lisa Kreinbrook
Charis Cuisine
Vegetarian Yummy Sushi
 Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya

   Tidbits from Ebony         

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Newsletter Archives

Charis midwifery student Lisa Kreinbrook has completed the Charis Certified Lactation Counselor training and is now our very first CLC graduate!  Numerous women have already contacted her asking for guidance in breastfeeding issues.  She will continue providing lactation counseling throughout her journey into becoming a midwife, and beyond!  Lisa, we are extremely proud of you!

Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Labor Support” Workshop
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At LifeSong Midwifery in North Port, 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 $225 for Charis members and $255 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
Registration must be received before September 20, 2014

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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

Weekly Series
October 23-December 4, Thursdays 7:00-9:00

Weekend Series
November 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

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


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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
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Our Director's Heart

“Why haven’t I been getting Charis newsletters?”

We’ve gotten notes from several of you wondering where our newsletters have been. In case others have been wondering as well, here’s your answer:

Although we were not initially aware, we began having problems with our web server about a year ago. At the beginning of this year, the problems became significant enough that we noticed and realized something must be done. We tried resolving the issues without having to switch servers; but, unfortunately, we eventually had to look for a new server that could better meet our needs. Choosing a new server and switching everything over took quite a bit longer than anticipated and we were unable to send out newsletters during the transition.

I am thrilled to report that we are all situated with our new server and you will be receiving monthly newsletters once again!

Something I am not so happy about, however, is that one of the things that was most severely affected by the problems, even before we knew they existed, was email being sent to or from a chairschildbirth.org email address. If you sent an email in the past year that never received a response or if you were expecting an email from us that you never received, we promise we did not intentionally ignore you! I apologize with all my heart and hope you will get back in touch! It appears that with our new server, nothing is being blocked in our email sending and receiving and everything is working fine now.

The only thing that did not transition well to our new server is our Charis student email group. We’re looking into new options that are supported by our new server and will have a new group up and running soon so our students can, once again, connect with each other in that way.

HUGE thanks go out to Todd and David for working hard on this transition, to our students for their patience with me during this time (anyone who knows me well knows that the only thing more stressful to me than car problems is technology failure), and to those of you who let us know how much you have missed the Charis newsletters!

On a more personal note…

I am overjoyed to announce that I received a new son at the end of May! My daughter Joy married the man of her dreams and blessed me with a fantastic son-in-love, Mark Wheat. It was a beautiful wedding under the oak trees in a park near our home and their reception was held at a historic building on Boca Grande. They are enjoying married life in their new home in Mississippi, which is WAY too far from FL!

Workshop Time!!!

I’m looking forward to spending time with some of you at the upcoming Charis “Labor Support” workshop. If you haven’t already done so, please get your registration in the mail soon. The deadline for registrations to be received is September 20. We are going to have such a GREAT time!!!

Love and blessings,
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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Charis Membership

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!

Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year.  So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2013, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2014, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2014, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2015.

You can send your membership form and $30 dues to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290




  • 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


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 2014