Volume 7

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 11


In This Issue

About Birth
     Kenyan Postpartum Practices
          Their Positive and Negative Effects
Our Charis Family
Amanda Buffington
Charis Cuisine
     Vanilla Almond Milk
Health Benefits of Soaking Almonds
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya
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Announcing the most recent Charis Certified Childbirth Educator & Doula!!! Nancy Prevatt's hard work and commitment to excellence have paid off and she has earned her Charis Childbirth Educator and Doula certification. Expectant families in southwest Florida are truly blessed to have such a precious woman to serve their community!
Congratulations, Nancy!!!

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
January 1-February 14
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
February 1st  6:30 - 9:30 pm
and February 2nd 9:00-3:30
 (cost $250 per couple) 

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


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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!

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

Our Director's Heart

Mary Beth Stubenrauch and Kristin Schuchmann

Gratitude for Gardens, Guests, and Grandbabies!

The month of November holds much excitement in the Schuchmann home.  This year, I have planted my very first large-scale garden and things are growing!!! Midwifery and gardening naturally go hand-in-hand and my little experiment with a community garden is meant to be a prototype of sorts.  We hope to learn through my successes and failures in order to be able to support and encourage other midwives around the world as they begin their own community gardens.  (We figured that if we could get things to grow in our sandy yard in Florida, then it could be a success just about anywhere.)  The idea is that a garden alongside a midwifery clinic would be a good incentive for women in the community to come for prenatal care.  Two blessings in one: food for the families and better pregnancy & birth outcomes!  So thankful for my little plants that hold so much potential! May their growth be a blessing to many!

Rose and Todd Schuchmann gardening

One of the Charis students who is already using gardening to bless her community is Mary Beth Stubenrauch in Thailand.  I had the privilege of taking a tour of the aquaponics system her husband Brian has set up in their back yard during one of our Skype appointments earlier in the year.  Very impressive!  The Stubenrauchs are currently in the States on furlough and, at the beginning of this month, we were blessed to have Mary Beth and her family stay in our home.  While they were here, they had the opportunity to visit the ECHO global farm in North Fort Myers, which gave them fresh excitement concerning their farming dreams in Thailand. Finally meeting Mary Beth and her family in person was so much fun!  We just wish we could have had more time together.  Please pray for Mary Beth, Brian, and their four beautiful children as they return to Thailand at the beginning of 2013.  They face visa challenges in addition to seeking God’s direction for just the right location for the birth of their next baby who is due to be born in April.

And speaking of babies…  We are waiting patiently for the arrival of my first grandbaby!!!  Eric and Carole-Lee traveled from Virginia to Florida to be able to deliver their baby, who is due around Thanksgiving, with me in my home.  Please pray for all of us as our newest member of the family safely and peacefully enters the world.

Eric and Carol-Lee

My heart is full of gratitude to God for these and so many other wonderful blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

~Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Driector, CharisChildbirth, 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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  November 2012