Volume 9

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 10


In This Issue

Our Charis Family

Bethany Stricker
Charis Cuisine
Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup
 Charis Around the World   
   Childbirth in Kenya

   Tidbits from Ebony         

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Mark Your Calendars

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by: Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)

Weekly Series
October 23-December 4, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
January 8-February 12, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
February 26-April 2, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
April 16-May 21, Thursdays 7:00-9:00
May 28-July 2, Thursdays 7:00-9:00

Weekend Series
November 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

February 20 & 21 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:30)

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


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Our Director's Heart

An emotional anniversary…

This month marks 25 years since I experienced one of the most dramatic heartbreaks of my lifetime. Two and a half decades ago, my little sister gave birth to her first son. At sixteen, she was still very much a child herself and didn’t feel she was ready for motherhood. She had seen firsthand my struggles as a teen/single mom and decided that she wanted something different for her son. She chose to place that sweet baby for adoption so he could have a father and a mother and have a life she didn’t feel she could offer him.

The day he was born, I saw courage, strength, and love I had never before seen in a human. My little sister labored and birthed a baby she would only hold for a short time, not knowing if she would ever see him again.

A little while after delivery, the adoptive parents were invited into the room, and that is when my heart shattered. My sister, holding the most adorable, dark-haired, bright-eyed baby boy, said, with unwavering voice, “I want you to meet your mom and dad,” and she handed him over to relative strangers, never to cradle him in her arms again.

My mom and I had to turn our backs and look out the window so we could cry. Until that moment, we hadn’t fully realized how painful it must have been for my own birth mother to hold me for the last time, or how lonely it must have been for her to leave that hospital empty-armed.

A little while later, Mom turned to me and, displaying the same courage, strength, and love my sister embodied that day, said to me, “I think your birth mother would like to know you. Why don’t you try to find her.” For Mom, she had just opened the door to the unknown. What would happen if I met my birth mother? Would she be lovely, or would she hurt us? Would Mom remain mom, or would she be replaced? I think she knew deep down that she could never be replaced in my heart or in my life, but she realized that there was an empty place in someone else’s heart and life that needed to be filled.

My story is not a secret and I have shared the details many times (sometimes in this newsletter), but today I feel that my sister and my two mothers deserve to be recognized for the heroes that they are. I love all three of them so very much.

My sister’s story is not yet finished. I pray for the day when she and her son are finally completely reunited and our family can show him how much we love him.


Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.S. We had a WONDERFUL workshop this month! Be on the lookout for the workshop report in next month’s newsletter.

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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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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, 2013, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2014, to be sure it is received in time.  If you become a member sometime in 2014, then your membership renewal is not due until December 31, 2015.

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 2014