Category Archives: Heartbeat Academy

The LOVE Approach Book

The L.O.V.E. Approach for Everyone



Cindi Boston-Bilotta interviews Dr. Peggy Hartshorn about her latest book, The L.O.V.E. Approach.

In 1994, Dr. Hartshorn developed The L.O.V.E. Approach manual to explain how Christ-centered pregnancy help center volunteers can build relationships with women facing difficult pregnancies and help them resolve issues and problems in a life-affirming way. It has been in continuous use around the world, taught by Heartbeat International since then (person to person and now on-line).

It was originally inspired by the lessons she learned from painful experience, the hard way, as a young wife, mother, and passionate Christian volunteer, almost 50 years ago.

In this narrative version of the L.O.V.E. Approach, she offers the four steps to you and the larger Christian community in the expectation that you will also find them powerful in your own relationships and ministries.

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planning for rapid growth

When Rapid Growth is Required for Pregnancy Help Organizations



As states pass various laws regarding abortion, pregnancy centers need to be ready for a possible influx in clients. Heartbeat International Vice Presidents, Cindi Boston and Betty McDowell, offer key tips for rapid growth and information on what to expect.

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Pregnancy Help Podcast

The Relational Impact of Trauma



This session explorers how trauma affects relationships, including relationships with staff in the home, other moms in the home, and in some cases our clients children. To purchase the episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.


Pregnancy Help Podcast | Powered by Heartbeat International

5 Action Items Following Pregnancy Center Service Report



In this podcast, Kirk Walden gives you 5 things you can do to help the Pregnancy Center Service Report achieve maximum impact for the pregnancy help community.

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Pregnancy Help Podcast

Strategies for Deescalating



We know that things around the home can get heated at times. This session will explore factors that contribute to escalation, and how recognizing those factors can help us deescalate effectively when the need arises. To purchase this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources


Pregnancy Help Podcast

Introducing Clinical Concepts with Non-Clinical Staff



Pregnancy Help Organizations around the country wrestle with tension between relying of professional, credentialed staff and lay staff and volunteers. This session explores how that tension plays out in the maternity home and ways to resolve that tension for the benefit of the home. To purchase this episode in its entirety, go to heartbeatservices.org/resources.