Volume 6

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 10


In This Issue

Maidens By His Design
Our Daughters First Cycle
Welcome to the World
     Charlotte Elizabeth Hinojosa
     Elyssa Kate Jones
     Joshua Ray Hartman
Our Charis Family
Anne Ohlman
Charis Cuisine

     Green Smoothie with Melon
Charis Around the World
     Tidbits from Ebony
Charis Around the World

     Childbirth in Kenya

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Our Director's Heart

Dear Charis Family,

This newsletter is coming out late because Susan has been waiting for me to send her my little part.  I could have written this yesterday, but I chose to spend the day with my family instead. They have missed me.

I have rested for the past couple of days after spending 76 hours in the past week at the birth center, at home births, and at the hospital.  I missed several nights of sleep, drove in torrential rain to attend home births, served one momma during her 40+ hour labor, transferred care of another mom to the hospital that ended in Cesarean section, had prenatal and postpartum visits with sweet families while I was deliriously tired and I STILL love what I do.

I get e-mails and phone calls regularly from women who are discovering that they, too, have this same passion and want to become midwives, childbirth educators, or doulas. It is always fascinating to listen to their stories and learn about the ways God has so clearly directed them in this unique calling.  It is often that a woman apologizes for going on and on about the vision God has revealed for how He intends to touch the world through her work as a birth professional.  On the inside, Im thinking, Dont apologize! You have just confirmed that Im not crazy!  It blesses me tremendously to know that Im not the only one God has called to this life of sacrifice.

I LOVE playing a role in the education of such special women!  It is an honor to be part of the lives of the Charis students!   As you read this newsletter each month, you get a glimpse into the lives of some of our students, how God is using them to touch lives.  Imagine if EVERY community in the world had one Charis birth professional!  The world would be a better place, for sure!  The world needs more midwives, childbirth educators, and doulas!

Now, it is time to head out the door for another glorious day of prenatal and postpartum visits with some very special families.

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



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!

Several people have contacted us recently asking about when their membership dues should be paid. Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year. So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2009, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2010, to be sure it is received in time. If you became a member sometime in 2010, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2011.

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

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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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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Octoberr 2011