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!

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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.

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Heartbeat affiliates can view the entire “Room to Grow” white paper here: PHC’s: Room to Grow
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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!

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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!

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Succession Planning

Join us as Emily Prins (Expect Hope) interviews Mary Peterson on the topic of Succession Planning.  Their conversation features lessons learned on helping staff with the transition, encouraging Board in their authority, and dealing with the personal aspects of a change in role.  Creating a culture of leadership development and thinking about growing a resilient organization were two central themes!

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A Little Acknowledgement Goes a Long Way

Betty McDowell, Vice President of Ministry Services at Heartbeat International shares her “PegTalk” from the 2014 Annual Conference in Charleston, SC. Listen in to a sample of what you will hear at this year’s Annual Conference! Visit to find out more.

30 Years of Lessons Learned

Kirk Walden, Advancement Specialist with Heartbeat International, joins Christine Grimmett to describe the crucial moments in his time in ministry that led him to where he is now. He expands on his recent Pregnancy Help News article in sharing stories of those lessons learned over his 30 years in the pregnancy help movement.

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