Category Archives: Pregnancy Help Organizations

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How Effective Mentoring Programs Change Lives



Lauren Mauk, the Board President of Mommy’s Haven, goes in-depth with the vision and logistics of their mentoring program. With a spirit of “rigid flexibility,” she shares how they vet and train mentors so as to encourage long-time, impactful relationships.

The vision of the program is “interdependent women” — listen to hear how Mommy’s Haven embodies that vision!

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What's the best way to advocate for the unborn?

What’s the best way we can advocate for the unborn?



Heartbeat International’s Sara Littlefield answers one of the most common questions we receive from those looking to get involved in the pro-life movement. In this podcast, Sara offers some practical ways anyone can advocate for the unborn by advocating for the woman.

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Starting a Maternity Home



This hope-filled webinar, featuring Emily Prins of Expect Hope offers encouragement to those in the start-up phase of opening a home. Emily shares from her experience of starting a “social service project with eternal consequences” on how to be prepared for the spiritual battle associated with pregnancy help work. She reminds listeners that the work is part of the process of sanctification and offers practical insights from her experience.

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  • https://www.expecthope.org/

Shifting Mindsets

Shifting Mindsets of Our Clients



This podcast features Amy Johnson, the Training Director for Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in St. Louis.  Using principles of TBRI, Amy discusses the shift from being behavior-focused to being need-focused, the shift from focusing on anger to focusing on fear, and the realities of “survival brain.”  She also discusses the balance between structure and nurture within the context of being a place of learning.


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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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Woman seeking pregnancy help via Option Line

How Option Line Connects Women to Truth



Heartbeat International Vice President Cindi Boston and Consultant Petra give insight as to why Option Line exists and a glimpse into the day of a consultant: How women connect with Option Line, how it adjusts to trends, and how it helps advance the pregnancy help movement.

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Tackling the topic of Trauma Informed Care



Heartbeat International Housing Specialist Mary Peterson interviews Peggy Forrest with Our Lady’s Inn discusses the research and training involved in implementing trauma informed care within their pregnancy help organization.

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Host Homes



Shepherding or host homes grew in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s as a new type of housing resource for those involved in pregnancy help ministries. In this model, pregnant women in crisis pregnancies were housed within the spare bedrooms in the homes of passionate pro-lifers. Several long-standing maternity homes, as they currently exist, used some version of a host home living environment as the launching point for developing a housing program. Additionally, many founders of established maternity homes (and other pregnancy help organizations) began by welcoming women into their personal home.

In this episode, we’ll delve deeper into what a Host Home is and how they are used.

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Forward-Thinking Consultations



Join Valerie Harkins of LifeHouse Houston as she shares tips on how to create a therapeutic environment in the home and why they made the decision to have all consultation activity be forward-looking and based on creative self expression.

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Giving Tuesday | November 27

What #GivingTuesday Is & How You Can Use It



#GivingTuesday is a global giving campaign designed to raise money for non-profit organizations worldwide. In this episode, we join Crystal Velte with Ministry Sync to discuss how pregnancy help organizations can use this day to increase their fundraising efforts. She also helps understand the difference between a #GivingTuesday campaign and regular fundraising efforts.

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