Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 10


In This Issue

About Women's Health
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome             
Our Charis Family
Terri Henady
Charis Cuisine
Apple Avocado Soup       
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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It is with great excitement to announce that Anne Ohlman is our newest Charis certified childbirth educator / doula!!! Congratulations, Anne!!!  We are hugely proud of you!!!  All the families in Texas are indeed blessed by your gracious heart and skilled hands!

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 7 - December 19
January 9 - February 20
February 27 - April 10
May 1 - June 12
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
November 1 & 2 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
February 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:00)
May 2 & 3 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)
 (cost $250 per couple) 
VBAC Workshop
October 27th,  4-5:30 pm
(cost $35)

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

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
Visit the
Charis Web site
for course description and outline. 

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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, 2012, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2013, to be sure it is received in time.  If you became a member sometime in 2013, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2014.

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

Our Director's Heart

Todd & Kristin Schuchmann

“Natural” Hypocrisy

While walking down the hall of labor & delivery in a local hospital recently, I noticed a bulletin board with a calendar grid.  In each block was a number, indicating how many babies were born that day.  There was a disproportionately large number of babies born on weekdays as compared with weekends and holidays.  Why do you suppose that is?  Of course, I came to the same conclusion that you likely have envisioned just now: labor induction.  I became sad for the babies who didn’t get to choose their birthdays.  My heart broke for the moms who now believe there is something wrong with their bodies since they didn’t go into labor on their own.

I am like the other midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, and consumers of their services who are critical of modern obstetrics.  The natural birth community spends a lot of time shining a light on the ways modern obstetrics is failing women and families.  Let’s face it, there is much need for improvement!  Unnecessary interventions are a huge problem. In the case of induction, however, the natural birth community is not much better than the obstetric world.  We criticize the rampant hospital inductions out of one side of our mouth and prescribe “natural” induction remedies out of the other side.  Are we suffering from a mild case of hypocrisy, maybe?  (By the way, there is nothing “natural” about induction.)

I wish I had a dollar for every time I have seen a question posted to a facebook group or in an online forum asking about “natural” labor induction.  These women are tired.  Their backs ache.  They want to hold their babies.  They have passed the 37 weeks mark, so what is the harm in giving nature a little nudge?  So, the advice flows liberally. Everything from herbs, homeopathics, essential oils, certain foods, and castor oil to acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, energy work, and having a midwife sweep the cervix are offered as ways to end the endless pregnancy and help a momma’s dreams come true.  But, isn’t that the same thing these OBs are doing?  Our bag of tricks may contain different remedies, but aren’t we doing something similar to what we get so irritated at the docs for doing?

Twenty years ago, women who chose midwives and home birth did so because they trusted their bodies and their babies and didn’t want the natural progression of their pregnancy and birth to be interfered with. We just didn’t see so many healthy pregnant women desiring to end their pregnancies early.  It was an unusual situation for a woman to need to “give nature a nudge” back then.  That has changed gradually over the years and I believe it is because of the big emphasis on 37 weeks being considered “full term” causing women to feel that there is something wrong when a pregnancy lasts more than 40 weeks.  My friend Cathy, a seasoned midwife, remembers the day when many women would go beyond 41 or 42 weeks and not be a bit concerned about it.

Now, I do understand that, in some situations, labor induction is necessary and the safest, smartest thing to do under the circumstances; but we are not talking about those situations.  We are talking about the normal, healthy, low risk moms and babies.

What message are we sending when we encourage labor induction of any sort?  Are we telling women that their bodies are broken?  Are we undermining their trust in Creator God?  Are we suggesting that God blinked and missed the opportunity to send them into labor at just the right time?  Are we reinforcing their need to trust people over God?

I would like to encourage any expectant moms who are reading this to let all the tension surrounding going “post due” to melt away, to trust God, and enjoy these last days of your pregnancy.  You will hold your baby soon.

And, I beg and plead with everyone else to stop the hypocrisy and resist the temptation to give labor induction advice or help unless it is one of those rare situations where it is truly needed for the health and safety of a mom or baby.

Let’s not be so quick to take matters into our own hands.  Let’s help women regain their trust in God and His design.  By not participating in unnecessary inductions, we will shout to the world that women’s bodies are designed to perfectly carry and birth their babies without intervention.  Women need to know they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving God who has their best interest at heart in EVERY area of their lives, even in determining their babies’ birthdays.

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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  • 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 2013