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Pregnancy Help Institute

Save the Date! July 27 - July 31, 2020 | Columbus, Ohio

Pregnancy Help Institute

Not your Typical Ministry. Not your Typical Training.

As a front-line life-saver, the care you provide changes the world of each woman and child your center serves day in and day out.

These women and children depend upon you and your organization to faithfully and excellently live out your God-given call. That's why there's no substitute for the kind of training you'll receive at Pregnancy Help Institute by Heartbeat International.

Organized under four intensive tracks (LeadershipDevelopmentNew Director, and Ultrasound), Pregnancy Help Institute integrates executive-level instruction in a small-group environment, where you'll have the unparalleled opportunity to process information and strategies with experts and fellow front-line pregnancy help leaders.

At Heartbeat, we realize you've been to conferences before, but this is different.


We have expert facilitators working with you and a small, interactive group on one topic for a full week to make sure you grow in the way you need to most. Just see what some of our 2018 Pregnancy Help Institute graduates had to say about each of the tracks below.

There's simply no substitute for the work you do. And there's no substitute for Pregnancy Help Institute.


5 reasons you need to come to Pregnancy Help Institute

  1. It’s corporate training at non-profit cost.
    Businesses nationwide use Built to Lead to train CEOs, Presidents, and Boards in Leadership Training. We have partnered with these executive coaches to bring you business training at a price you can afford.
  2. It’s far more dynamic and personal than a conference.
    Conferences, specifically the big annual ones, are incredible. There are so many people to meet and so much to learn, but sometimes you need more personalized in-depth training. Pregnancy Help Institute is intentionally sized for an intimate learning environment. Pregnancy Help Institute provides individual interaction and personal feedback to help you grow in your role and increase your effectiveness.
  3. It’s vital to invest in yourself.
    "We must all learn to lead ourselves with excellence before we can lead a team towards excellence. In other words, we believe that excellence achieved individually will spread organizationally." - Built to Lead’s Belief
  4. A burst of training can take you a long way. 
    One week may seem like a long time to be away. But one week can literally revolutionize your personal leadership as well as grow your knowledge and understanding. Working with trainers and fellow participants over the extended time yields exponential return on your investment of time.
  5. There are no hidden fees.
    Our pricing allows for you to know all costs up front. Your training and most meals are included in your registration. We have even arranged for a discounted room block at the hotel. You just need to cover hotel and transportation costs and Heartbeat will take care of the rest.

Pregnancy Help Institute training qualifies toward the Life Affirming Specialist (LAS) designation.

The Leadership Track

The leadership track went beyond expectations. For the first time in a long time, I was challenged in the area of strategic thinking, and I learned a lot that I will carry with me through life as a ministry leader, mother, and wife. 

Woven throughout the Leadership track are concepts developed by Built to Lead. Built to Lead is an executive coaching program that has trained CEO’s, presidents, and ministry leaders nationwide.

The Development Track

Kirk Walden kept us engaged, welcomed discussion but kept us on track, and added a good dose of humor.

Advancing development through a more robust understanding of the nature and ministry of development is at the heart of this track. Anyone with responsibility for donor development and fundraising will benefit from this advanced training. Seasoned pregnancy help leaders provide a foundation and training that goes beyond elementary event planning.

This includes:

  • Donor dynamics.
  • Giving strategies.
  • Revenue evaluation.
  • Relationship building with prospective funders.

The New Director Track

I cannot imagine a more fitting training to kick off this new position. I left challenged, inspired, feeling connected to others in the movement. I am humbled and blessed.

If you have less than three years of experience in directing a life-affirming pregnancy center, medical clinic, maternity home, or nonprofit adoption agency, the New Director training is perfect for you. When you combine the wisdom gained from this training with your calling from the Lord, you are truly prepared to navigate effectively, avoid the pitfalls, and increase your effectiveness as a leader. Facilitated by Heartbeat International staff and consultants with years of experience in pregnancy help leadership, you'll be in good hands.

The Ultrasound Track

I love the teamwork that was displayed and the authentic care that was showed to the attendees. In the U/S training, I really appreciated learning things like seeing is believing, pray for the safety of the baby and "Ultrasound brings Light to the Truth." I appreciated the time that Tammy and Bryan took to hear our concerns and answer our questions.

Designed for the new or beginning nurse or sonographer as well as the nurse or sonographer who routinely performs first-trimester scans, this week-long training presented by Tammy Stearns, RDMS and Bryan Williams, RDMS will provide didactic sessions, daily scan labs, and image reviews to sharpen the skills of both the nurse and the RDMS in your pregnancy medical clinic.

This course will include looking at the integration of ultrasound imaging in PMCs, the "hows and whys" of ultrasound physics, identifying artifacts and how to improve images, how to obtain proper measurements, legal and ethical implications and techniques to minimize risk, essential quality analysis/control, and more! This course also meets the AWHONN guidelines for ultrasound training.

Heartbeat International will offer 15 Continuing Education Contact Hours for nurses. Heartbeat International is an approved provider through the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number 16061.

Meet the Instructors

Tammy Stearns, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), FSDMS, MS

Tammy serves as a full-time missionary with Project H.O.P.E. in Nicaragua serving women among the poorest of the poor. In addition to being the director of Women’s Ministry, Tammy does ultrasounds in the field and serves as an adjunct professor with Adventist University in Florida. She assisted in deploying the medical mobile unit at Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, Missouri and has served as an accredited ultrasound educator for much of her professional career.

Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS

Bryan has worked in the field of medical imaging for 15 years. He is currently managing a large cardiovascular clinic with multiple providers and multiple non-invasive imaging departments. He lives in Ozark, MO with his wife and two daughters.

2019 Cost for Pregnancy Help Institute

  Early Bird: Register 
by June 22, 2019
Regular: Register 
by July 12, 2019
Late: Register 
after July 13, 2019

Heartbeat Affiliate

$989 $1,089 $1,189


$1,124 $1,224 $1,324

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds may be issued until 12:00 midnight EST June 22, 2019. A 50% refund is available from 12:01 AM EST June 22-July 12, 2019 12:00 midnight EST. No refunds will be issued past 12:01 AM EST July 13, 2019. Method of payment may require additional transaction fees. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Events@HeartbeatInternational.org.


Travel Information:

Airline Arrivals:
For those traveling by air, the airport code for Columbus, Ohio is CMH.

Airport Transportation:
You can catch a cab/taxi, Lyft or UBER upon your arrival to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel.

Hotel Information:
Please remember your Pregnancy Help Institute registration does not include your hotel accommodations so don’t delay in making your hotel reservation.

Hilton Garden Inn, 3232 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43202 – (614) 263-7200.

Book your room online now at: HiltonGardenInn-PH2019

Click the “Book A Room” button, type in arrival and departure dates, click “Continue” to select room type and complete your reservation. If calling, be certain to tell the reservations representative that you are part of the Heartbeat International group to receive our discounted Group Rate of just $111++/night for a Single King room. Use Group Code: PH2019. Your reservation also includes a made-to-order breakfast each morning.

The hotel has plenty of parking at no additional charge.

**Transportation to training offices: Heartbeat will provide daily transportation back and forth from the Hilton Garden Inn to our Heartbeat training facility.**

Institute Schedule At-A-Glance:

Monday,  - Please use this as your travel day.

  • 5:00 p.m. AT the Heartbeat Offices located at 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd., Ste. 2277, Columbus, OH 43220
    Registration and Opening Program starts with a welcome, opening orientation and dinner.

Tuesday – Thursday will include all day sessions (typically 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
**Please note: Wednesday evening, 7/31 is a “free evening” so your day ends at 5:00 p.m.**


  • 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Please plan to depart Columbus no earlier than 2:30 p.m. We strongly encourage you not to miss the morning session, so please plan your departing flight accordingly.

Additional Information:

Weather and Attire:
Dress for the Institute will be business casual and comfortable. Although our meeting rooms are air conditioned, consider bringing a sweater/jacket during sessions. Temperatures in Columbus during this week will probably be around 85 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night. We also encourage you to bring your Bible.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds may be issued until 12:00 midnight EST June 21, 2019. A 50% refund is available from 12:01 AM EST June 22-July 12, 2019 12:00 midnight EST. No refunds will be issued past 12:01 AM EST July 13, 2019. Method of payment may require additional transaction fees. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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