Volume 6

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 12


In This Issue

Our Charis Family
Laura Hale
Charis Cuisine

     Grammy Ethel’s Delicious Cranberry Relish
Letters to the Editor
     Comments from our readers
About Babies
     Dr. Sears Addresses Recent Co-Sleeping Concerns
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya
    Life in the Caribbean
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Mark Your Calendars

Charis “Teaching Birth” Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2012
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Birthways Family Birth Center

in Sarasota, 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.

The cost is $200 for Charis members and $230 for non-members (includes one-year Charis membership).

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 5th – February 16th
February 22nd - April 4th
May 2nd - June 13th
(cost $250 per couple)
Weekend Series
February 24th-25th
May 11th-12th
(cost: $250 per couple)

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


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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
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for course description and outline.

Our Director's Heart

Joy, Kristin, Todd, Rose, Joel and Eric Schuchmann

Merry Christmas, Charis Family!

Christmas time is probably my favorite time of the year.  I love the lights, decorations, and family traditions.  More than that, however, is how wonderful it is to celebrate the coming of Jesus our Messiah and the hope and peace we have because he came.  I find myself this year thinking ahead to Easter and pondering the fact that Christmas would have no power or significance if it wasn’t for the fact that, 33 years after Jesus’s birth, He was resurrected from the dead.  So, this Christmas, I am also celebrating Jesus’s resurrection and the promise of eternal life that God has made to those who, by faith, receive that gift.  There is truly nothing more exciting to celebrate!  I pray that each of you receives from God a fresh revelation of what an amazing gift He gave when He came to earth as a baby, lived as an example for all of us to follow, submitted to the awful death on the cross, and then triumphantly rose from the grave so that we could live eternally with Him! That gift, my friends, is what fuels the passion of my life and is why I do what I do!  Thank you, Jesus!

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc.

Exciting announcement from Kristin:
During 2011, Charis hit a record number of both midwifery and ce/doula students.  As the number of Charis students continues to increase, the need for more administrative and coaching staff grows. 
Rachel ThompsonI am giddy excited to announce to the world that the beloved Rachel Thompson, Charis certified childbirth educator & doula, is our newest Charis Coach!  Those of you who know Rachel are probably just as excited as I am about this.  As you are all probably aware, Charis is interested in only hiring the best of the best to serve our students; and we believe Rachel, with her commitment to excellence, great skills as a CE & doula, heart to teach and train others, and genuine love for people, is the perfect addition to our team.  On behalf of the Charis staff and board, I welcome Rachel Thompson to the wonderful world of Charis Coaching!  I am confident that you will find great joy in passing along the treasures God has placed inside you as you coach the up and coming Charis certified childbirth educators/doulas.

Kristin Schuchmann
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth

Please join us in congratulating

Corinne Henderson, CCE, CD!

Corinne is the newest Charis Certified Childbirth  Educator/Doula!!! Corinne's community is blessed to have such a sweet, tenderhearted young woman to serve  them  during their childbearing years!  What a beautiful difference she is making in this world!  We are enormously proud of her!

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


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, 2009, your dues should be mailed by the middle of December, 2010, to be sure it is received in time. If you became a member sometime in 2010, then your membership is not due until December 31, 2011.

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

Our address

Charis Childbirth, Inc.

P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290

Charis headquarters moved to Florida.  If you use our old Virginia Beach address, your mail will not reach us as the post office is no longer forwarding mail.  Be sure to mail your yearly membership fees to the Florida address!

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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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December 2011