Volume 1

~ News From Your Birthing Family ~

Issue 10


About Babies:
 The Importance of Skin to Skin Contact
Ask the Professional:
Postpartum Blues ~ Help!
Charis Cuisine:
Mom's Baked Apples

Kids Korner:
Lily's Story
Our Charis Family:
Michelle Kaufman
Pregnancy and Birth:
Is Homebirth Safe? 
Tidbits from Ebony
     "The Darkest Place"
Adventures in Madagascar

     God's Timing Is Perfect!

Newsletter Archives ~ August,2006 September,2006

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Midwifery Academics Course

Charis Childbirth Services
is pleased to announce the launching of our
MIDWIFERY academics course in 2007!!!


Now, women who desire to prepare well for the NARM exam, a requirement to obtain the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), can enjoy a comprehensive course that is designed with the highest standards of excellence and that is written from a Christian perspective.

This course is designed and written by Susan Oshel, CPM, who has been serving childbearing families for over 3 decades.  We are so blessed and so excited to have Susan as part of the Charis family!

Check our website by the end of 2006 for the exact date of launching.  www.CharisChildbirth.org

Susan Oshel for more details:
(757)271-1247 or (407)574-3645

Susan Oshel

Mark Your Calendars

Come join the staff, volunteers, and board members of the Care Net Resource Pregnancy Centers, Inc. as we walk to bring awareness and understanding of our free services and programs for young women and men. The Walk for Life is on Saturday, October 21st, at New Quarter Park, Yorktown, VA. Check In is at 8:15 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring the whole family for a morning of fun, face painting, and prizes. For more information contact Della Field at (757)456-5175 or

Childbirth Educator Workshop  ~
Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
(for aspiring childbirth educators)

for details, contact:

Celebrating Women & Daughters - October 20, 21, 2006 at West End Alliance Church in Richmond, VA.  Conference is open to all ages of women - 12 on up is ideal. We will cover a lot of issues surrounding the blessing of menses, trusting the process of birth, erasing a spirit of fear in birthing and how to serve one another - just to name a few!  Please join us by registering online at www.motherwisebirth.org.  For more information, contact Charis member Doran Richards
(Parts of this conference qualify for Charis continuing education contact hours.  E-mail Kristin Schuchmann if you would like to get contact hours for your attendance.)


Kristin Schuchmann
Kristin Schuchmann

As I was driving down the street yesterday, I noticed the leaves of the dogwood trees beginning to turn red.  In Virginia Beach, they are usually the first leaves to begin to change color in the Fall.  I thought to myself, "Well, this is my last Autumn.  I want to enjoy every moment of it."  You see, our family is moving to sunny Florida in the Spring or Summer of 2007 to plant a church.  There is no change of seasons where we will be living.  It is hot in the summer and warm in the winter.  Since this is our last Fall, I've been coming up with ideas of ways we can thoroughly enjoy this season:  a trip to Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains to see the leaves changing color, raking a big pile of leaves for the kids to jump in, roasting pumpkin seeds, etc.  I don't want to waste a single moment of it.  My mind hasn't even begun to think about Winter yet.  That's the next season-- and I don't want to miss out on this one because I'm planning for the next one like I have done so many times in the past. 

Have you ever found yourself looking forward to the next season of life with so much anticipation that you miss some of the great things about the season you're in?  For instance, remember back to when your teenage daughter was a toddler and it bothered you that she wanted you to hold her so much.  Would you have held her longer if you had known it would be the last time?  Wouldn't it be so nice to have her sit on your lap again and cuddle for awhile?   

Or, how about when your son was an infant and he nursed every two hours around the clock.  You were so tired and wished for the day when he was more independent so you could have your own freedom back.  Well, infancy passed in a flash, didn't it?  Before you knew it, he was running all around and not so interested in doing baby things with you anymore.   

Or, do you remember when you were a college student and wanted to hurry and get school over with so you could get out there into the real world and have a real life?  Now, wouldn't it be nice to go back in time to enjoy just one week without all the responsibilities of adulthood?  

Or, remember back to when you were pregnant and all the kicks in the ribs, frequent trips to the bathroom, waddling, your expanding waist, backaches...  You wished away such a short, sweet season.  (Maybe you even participated in the season coming to an end before its time by having your labor induced.)  I remember the day after my first son was born.  I felt lonely and disconnected because I could no longer feel his every move. 

Every season of life is packed with both joys and frustrations.  I want to encourage you to live life in such a way that you will have the fewest regrets.  Recognize the season you're in and embrace all the aspects of that season as if today is the last day you will be there.  Tomorrow may be the beginning of a new season. 

Here's to living life to its fullest and enjoying every moment!

Charis Childbirth Services
149 Business Park Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

 Kristin Schuchmann ~ International Director
(757)639-5325  Fax (757)497-2398

Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies

 '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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October 2006