Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 10


In This Issue

About Birth
     Refusing the Apple During Loss
Our Charis Family
Ginjah Gardner
Charis Cuisine
     Carrot Nut Salad
Kale Cantaloupe Blackberry Salad
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya
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Please join us in congratulating Jessie Biggs of Lynchburg, VA, in becoming the most recent Charis certified childbirth educator and doula!!!  Those who have had the privilege of knowing and working with Jessie know what a tremendous blessing she is to her community.
Congratulations, Jessie!!!

Mark Your Calendars

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
November 1st - December 20th (skipping Thanksgiving)
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)
Weekend Series
November 9 - 10
6:30-9:30 and 9:00-3:30
(cost: $250 per couple)
VBAC Workshop
October 18th 7:00 - 900 pm

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


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Our Director's Heart

Hello, Charis Family!

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  Women who have lost a baby, however, remember much more often than once a year.  I remember every time my 14 year old son Joel, whose twin is no longer here on earth with us, plays the guitar and sings.  I think about how great their voices would sound together or the songs they would write together.  When Joel was little, I would remember whenever he would say, “If my brother was here, we would…”

During my pregnancy, we suspected that there were two babies, but it was never confirmed until my midwife examined my placenta after delivery and discovered Joel’s twin, a tiny baby who had lived about 15 weeks that had been incorporated into the placenta.  He had his own little amniotic sac and could fit in the palm of my hand.  We named Joel’s twin Stephen.  We’re looking forward to seeing him when we get to heaven.  I’m certain we’ll recognize him.

It wasn’t until after losing a baby that I found out how many of the women I know had also lost babies.  Many have miscarried.  Some have lost several babies.  Some of their babies had been stillborn.  Some of their babies died in their arms just after giving birth.  Some have never carried a baby to term.  These are stories that women keep to themselves until someone they know is grieving the loss of their own baby.  The stories are very sad, so they don’t tell them in social settings for fear of dampening the good mood.  They are quietly held in the hearts of mothers. That’s right, MOTHERS.  Every woman who has conceived a baby is a mother.  She nurtured and loved that baby for however long that baby grew, so she is a mother even if she does not get to nurse her baby, teach him how to read, or help her pick out a wedding gown.

So, this month, as we remember the babies who are no longer with us, I also want to acknowledge the mothers who love those babies and grieve their loss.  The loss of a child is near and dear to the heart of Father God. He knows the ache and brings the peace, comfort, and healing that we need.

Love and Blessings,
Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

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

 Kristin Schuchmann ~ Executive  Director
Cell (941)441-6410


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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!

Membership is due every December 31 for the coming calendar year.  So, if you became a member on or before December 31, 2011, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2012, to be sure it is received in time.  If you became a member sometime in 2012, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2013.

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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October  2012