Category Archives: Pregnancy Help Organizations

A Little Humor with Derrick Tennant

If humor is your drug of choice, you’ll enjoy this episode featuring Derrick Tennant and Betty McDowell! Derrick and his sister Julie are long-time friends of the pregnancy help movement, bringing the gift of laughter to audiences around the world. Derrick shares how he learned to live simply, love wastefully, and what it is like to live out of a single suitcase. You can find Derrick and Julie Tennant at the links below:

You will also find Derrick and Julie at Heartbeat’s 2022 Annual Conference! Click HERE for more!

When to Rebrand and 5 Steps to Do It Well

Debbie Capen, Executive Director of MiraVia, a maternity housing program for college students, walks us through her journey of rebranding a previously long-standing brand and what she learned along the way. Wondering if your maternity home or pregnancy center is due for a brand refresh and where to start? This conversation walks you through 5 steps to rebranding with excellence!
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Equipping Fathers – Major League Dad

Beth Diemert, Director of Affiliate Services at Heartbeat International interviews Gary Freeman, founder of Major League Dad. Although his father was a pastor, Gary found himself at a point in college where he wanted nothing to do with God. Football took the lead in his life for a while, but Gary shares how he was led not only to find his faith again, but also to start a ministry focused on helping men become better husbands and fathers. Beth and Gary cover marriage, fatherhood, mental health, and reaching men through the work of pregnancy centers.

Click here to find out more about Major League Dad!

The Power of Pregnancy Help – Looking Back on the Past 50 Years

As Heartbeat International celebrates our 50th birthday, Jor-El Godsey and Dr. Peggy Hartshorn take us through the key moments in the pregnancy help movement that led us here today. Check out their new book!

Passing the baton

Passing the Baton

An informal conversation as Mary Peterson interviews Valerie Humes, the new Director of the National Maternity Housing Coalition at Heartbeat International. This episode hits on Valerie’s approach to meeting clients’ needs, serving special needs residents, and her vision for the maternity housing community.

Letter to a Young Bob Foust

Bob Foust, Executive Director of Pregnancy Resource Center in Alabama, was honored at Heartbeat’s Annual Conference with a Servant Leader Award. In this episode, Bob gives us insight into what he has found helpful over the years as a leader — from personality differences, staffing, and training to being honest with the Lord, self, and staff. Listen in as he shares the wisdom he has learned!

Read Bob’s letter here:

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Room to Grow

As Heartbeat International celebrates 50 years of life-saving ministry, Betty McDowell and Jor-El Godsey talk about three big goals for the next half century for Pregnancy Help Organizations. Focusing on a recent article and white paper, they break down the number of PHOs based on states and counties, looking at new and innovative ways that we can bring help where it is most needed.

Read “3 Goals for the Next 50 Years of Pregnancy Help” here: 3 Goals

Heartbeat affiliates can view the entire “Room to Grow” white paper here: PHC’s: Room to Grow
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This episode is sponsored by: Life Launch

A Letter to My Younger Self: Be Brave, Be Obedient

Brenda Newport attended a volunteer training for a pregnancy center many years ago with no intention of later becoming the Executive Director. Now, it has become a family business! Brenda was honored at Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference with a Servant Leader Award, and also was the recipient of the Andy Merritt Scholarship. She shares the lessons she has learned over the years about saying “yes” to God’s plan, even when she had no idea where to start!

Read her letter here:

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We Are Messengers – A Message From the Heartbeat Conference

Darren Mulligan of the Christian music group, We Are Messengers gives his personal insight into the work of the pregnancy help movement, and shares encouragement for those serving in this ministry. Join Darren Mulligan and Betty McDowell as they share stories and celebrate Heartbeat International’s 50th birthday!

Check out We Are Messengers here:

Reflections on Milestones

Betty McDowell shares a story from her own family’s past, and how it ties in to our 50th anniversary here at Heartbeat International. Listen in on this reflection that was recorded during our 2021 Annual Conference in Columbus, OH!

Read about this year’s conference here: