In This Issue
Our Charis Family
Pasta and Pumpkin
Romaine Wraps with
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony
Childbirth in Kenya
To enjoy past newsletters, visit the archives:
Congratulations to Laura Hale, CCE, CD, Charis’s newest certified
childbirth educator/doula!!! Laura just finished her trek across the
country and is getting settled into her new life on the west coast,
where she will surely be a blessing to countless families! We are so
proud of you, Laura!!!
Hale's miraculous story on page two. Thank-you for sharing your
journey, dear Laura!
Mark Your Calendars
Charis “Teaching Birth”
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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
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.
register, complete the
and mail it, along with payment, to:
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)
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)
October 27th, 4-5:30 pm
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Our Director's Heart
with Sarah's soon-to-be born baby
at her 36-week home prenatal visit.
The Baby Leaped in my
Womb for Joy!
“Now at this time Mary
arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and
entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth
heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled
with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said,
‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped
in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would
be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.’”
Reading this passage
from the Bible takes me down memory lane to 1995, when I was pregnant with
my daughter Joy. Whenever Todd would come home from work in the evening,
Joy would go crazy, wiggling and kicking as soon as she heard her Daddy’s
It is amazing how aware
babies are of what is going on in the world outside of the womb, showing
their personalities and preferences even before they are born. The story of
how John the Baptist sensed the presence of Jesus even when the two of them
were still growing in their mothers’ wombs is evidence that babies not only
physically participate in life before they are born, but are also
One of my favorite parts
of prenatal visits with the women I serve is placing my hands on the momma’s
belly and getting to know the baby growing inside her womb. Of course, I
check for baby’s position as any good midwife would do, but there is so much
more to it than that. I ask God to speak to my heart about the person He is
forming and there is a sweet interchange as I connect with that tiny person,
full of potential and ready to receive all the love I can give at that
We, in many ways, are
like those babies. They cannot see beyond their watery world, yet they are
aware that there is more to life than what they see. We live on Earth and
cannot physically see beyond this world, but sense spiritually that there is
a realm so much more glorious than where we currently are. We sense the
Holy Spirit moving. God places His hands on our lives, connects with us,
and imparts love and everything we need on a physical and spiritual level to
grow and fulfill our potential and purpose here on Earth and into eternity.
Mary’s response to
Elizabeth’s and John’s reaction to being in the presence of their Savior as
he was growing in her womb was heartfelt praise and worship to God:
“My soul exalts the
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is
upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.”
As we celebrate the
birth of Christ—God becoming flesh and living among us—may we keep in
mind also His death—paying the penalty for sin—and resurrection from
the dead—making a way for us to live for eternity in His presence, a
realm we have not yet seen, but sense in a tangible, real way even now.
And may it bring us to a place of uncontainable praise, worship, and JOY!
Merry Christmas, Charis
~Kristin Schuchmann, CPM, LM
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth, Inc
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
You can send your
membership form and $30 dues to:
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290