Meet Our Directors

Our Directors pour out considerable amounts of time and energy to ensure that Charis continues to grow and remains the best source of education for Childbirth Professionals, while preserving the close-knit “family” atmosphere we all love so much.

Kristin Schuchmann, Executive Director

kristinnew.jpgKristin, the founder of Charis Childbirth,  and a FL licensed CPM, is a passionate pro-life advocate for the unborn, a doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and midwife who has served hundreds of childbearing families and those in crisis pregnancies since 1989.  A graduate of Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, Kristin currently provides home birth midwifery services to her community in southwest Florida.  She is the mother of four children, two grown and two whom she still homeschools, and grandmother of three babies who were all delivered into her hands.  Kristin lived in Virginia Beach, VA, her entire life until May of 2007 when she and her family moved to North Port, Florida to start a network of house churches affiliated with the New Life Ministries International family of churches. She is the founder of Heritage School of Midwifery and Natural Health Sciences in Sarasota County, Florida. Her hobbies include singing, playing piano, hiking, enjoying the beach, preparing healthy gourmet meals, and, most of all, having fun with her husband and children.  Kristin is passionate about reaching the lost for Jesus Christ and helping people become healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Susan Oshel, CPM, LM, Director of Midwifery Studies

Susan, a Virginia licensed CPM, began attending births as a doula and midwife’s assistant in 1977, and in 1981 attended her first birth as a primary midwife.  She grew up in Virginia Beach and spent most of her adult life in Floyd County, VA, where she served the beautiful, rural, diverse mountain community as a traditional midwife.  Along with a committed group of sister midwives, professionals and consumers, Susan successfully worked toward legalization of Certified Professional Midwives in Virginia.  In 1999, Susan developed and launched her first midwifery academics course with great results.  In addition to her expertise in women’s health, reproduction, birth, lactation, infants and children, she brings to Charis her extensive education in herbs and nutrition.  In 2006, Susan joined the Charis family as our Director of Midwifery Studies and has helped Kristin to revise and improve the Charis course for childbirth professionals to include an advanced academics course for midwives that was launched in 2007.  Susan and David, her husband and high school sweetheart, currently live in Roanoke, VA.  They have 5 grown children, seven grandchildren and three great grandbabies.  Gardening, sewing, and graphic art are just some of Susan’s many talents and hobbies.  She has even found an outlet in Charis for her graphic art as our newsletter editor.

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