Volume 8

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 12


In This Issue

Our Charis Family
Laura's story
Charis Cuisine
Pasta and Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Romaine Wraps with Mustard      
Charis Around the World
Tidbits From Ebony

    Childbirth in Kenya

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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!!! 

Read Laura Hale's miraculous story on page two.  Thank-you for sharing your journey, dear Laura! 

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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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!

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Our Director's Heart

Kristin connecting 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.’” Luke 1:39-45

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 voice. 

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 spiritually aware.

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 moment.

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 Lord,
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.”
(Luke 1:46-50)

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 Family!
~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



  • 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 2013