Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 11


In This Issue

About Children
Chores and Young Children             
Our Charis Family
     Mary Ann Stoltzfus

Charis Cuisine
     Coconut Cashew Butter Soup
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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Those of you who have been blessed to participate in Karen Yoder's birth preparation classes or experienced her support through labor and birth already know what an awesome birth professional she is, so it will come as no surprise that she is now officially a Charis certified childbirth educator and doula!!!

Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Teaching Birth” Workshop
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At LifeSong Midwifery in North Port, Florida

For childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, or anyone who would like to improve their ability to communicate with and educate expectant families.

At our workshops, learning is interactive, hands-on, fun, and interesting.  All Charis workshops are taught from a Christian perspective, giving God the glory for His marvelous creation and how He so wonderfully created women to bear children.

You will spend the day making new friends and becoming more skilled in preparing effective introductions, asking powerful questions, creating a learner-friendly environment, capturing the attention of learners, helping clients embrace their responsibility of making informed decisions, and so much more.

In addition to the valuable skills acquired at the workshop, you will also take home with you an assortment of visual aids and other valuable teaching tools to enhance your future students’ learning experience.

A delicious lunch will be provided for all the workshop attendees to enjoy as you get to know each other better during a midday break.

To register, complete the Registration Form
and mail it, along with payment, to:
Charis Childbirth
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

Childbirth Preparation Classes
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Presented by:  Birth InSight
Christi Jones (CCE, CD) and Aimee Roberts (CCE, CD)
Seven Week Series
January 9 - February 20
February 27 - April 10
May 1 - June 12
July 10 - August 21
September 4 - October 16
Thursday evenings 7:00 - 9:00
(cost $250 per couple)

Weekend Series
February 7 & 8 (6:30-9:30) and (9:00-3:00)
May 16 & 17 (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 

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Lactation Counselor Certification News!

The Charis website does not yet contain all the information about this, but we wanted our newsletter subscribers to be the first to know! We are very excited to announce the official launch of the Charis Certified Lactation Counselor training on January 1, 2014!

The Charis course for lactation counselors lives up to the high standards that are expected from Charis and that are so desperately needed by new moms as they seek accurate, reliable advice and help as they feed their babies. The Charis certified lactation counselors will be equipped well to provide support and encouragement to nursing mothers, to help them accurately troubleshoot and handle any breastfeeding challenges that might arise, and to play an important role in increasing long-term breastfeeding success in their communities.

If you would like more information about becoming a Charis Certified Lactation Counselor, send an e-mail to me at Kristin@CharisChildbirth.org requesting a telephone appointment.

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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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, 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

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. 



  • 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 2013