From "Your Birthing Family" ~
In This Issue
Refusing the Apple During Loss
Our Charis Family
Carrot Nut Salad
Cantaloupe Blackberry Salad
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony
Childbirth in Kenya
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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
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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.
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
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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
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For the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and
Midwifery students: sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of
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
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,
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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