Volume 1

~ News From Your Birthing Family ~

Issue 12


About Babies:
Ask the Professional:
Smoking Cigarettes and the Unborn Baby
Charis Cuisine:
Wild Rice Pilaf
Kids Korner:
Our Charis Family:
Family Scrapbook
Pregnancy and Birth:
Where to Give Birth and With Whom
Tidbits from Ebony
Adventures in Madagascar

     A Madagascar Birth

Newsletter Archives ~
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Midwifery Academics Course

Charis Childbirth Services
is pleased to announce the launching of our
MIDWIFERY academics course in 2007!!!

Now, women who desire to prepare well for the NARM exam, a requirement to obtain the credential of Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), can enjoy a comprehensive course that is designed with the highest standards of excellence and that is written from a Christian perspective.

This course is designed and written by Susan Oshel, CPM, who has been serving childbearing families for over 3 decades.  We are so blessed and so excited to have Susan as part of the Charis family!

Check our website for the exact date of launching.  www.CharisChildbirth.org

Susan Oshel for more details:

Mark Your Calendars

Charis Childbirth Classes in Virginia Beach
Spread the word!  This 8-week childbirth preparation series begins Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at 7 p.m.
This series is perfect for anyone with an estimated due date in March or April of 2007.
Contact Michelle Kaufman for details or to register: 

Childbirth Educator Workshop
Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
(for aspiring childbirth educators)
for details, contact:



 Hello Family!

This time of year,  I often think about Mary and Joseph and I am absolutely amazed at their inner strength.  Think about it.   Mary was a teenager in an unplanned pregnancy... and she had  never  even  had  sex!   When the angel told her that she was carrying the Messiah,  she bravely said,  "Be it unto me according to your Word." Wow! Talk about trusting God!!!

Then there  was  Joseph,  her  fiance`,  who  could  have  been charged  with a crime he didn't commit.   Instead of breaking off the engagement, which would have been the "easy" thing to do, he chose to stick by Mary and be a father to a baby that was not even his flesh and blood. Together, they accepted God's plan for their lives as it was revealed to them even though it would be very hard.

On top of everything else, at the end of Mary's pregnancy they had to travel a long way on a donkey for a census. (Those of you looking for a way to avoid Pitocin induction, it appears that a VERY long ride on the back of a donkey works!) Once they arrived in Bethlehem, Mary & Joseph had an "unattended birth" in a cave that was being used as a stable for animals. (Their first choice was the Inn, but there was no vacancy!) Well, although I think out-of-hospital births are great, I'm not sure that a stable would offer the comforts that I desire when I'm in labor! So, there they were--
Mary, a first-time laboring mom without the support of family, friends, or doulas; and Joseph, a young man filling the role of midwife and every other member of the birth support team-- together, just the two of them and some
animals, to welcome into the world the one whose death and resurrection would make a way for all of mankind to be in an intimate relationship with Father God for all of eternity. Not necessarily the welcome one would expect for the King of Kings and Lords of Lords... but that was the way God
planned it and it was perfect.

God's plan doesn't always look the way we think it should, but that is because we are stuck in this body of flesh and can't see from God's perspective. So often, we assume that God's plan would never include difficulty; because, after all, he is a loving God. But His love is so much greater than our minds can comprehend, so great that His plan for Mary and
Joseph included a road that was paved with much difficulty so that the rest of us could live forever with God if we should so choose. What if they had said NO to God's plan? What if they had not embraced the call to parent the Son of God?

Is God revealing a plan to you that looks hard? Is there a road He is leading you down that may be difficult or require you to give up something? Like Mary & Joseph, we have the opportunity to say YES to the calling God has on our lives and accept all of the joys and challenges that it brings.
One thing I know for sure is that when we say YES to God's plan, He gives us everything we need to succeed.... and there is no place on earth more fulfilling than the center of God's will !!!

Merry Christmas!


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Charis Childbirth Services
149 Business Park Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

 Kristin Schuchmann ~ International Director
(757)639-5325  Fax (757)497-2398

Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies


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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December 2006