Your Pregnancy Help Organization and COVID-19

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You can also get a recording of our webinar series Coronavirus and Your Pregnancy Help Organization for free by clicking here. Resources related to those webinars are also available on the Complimentary Materials page here.

The information in these articles is accurate as of the publication date of each one. We are working to keep our articles up-to-date as changes surrounding COVID-19 occur, and we encourage everyone to check the CDC, WHO and their local authorities as the situation is ever-evolving.

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2021 Heartbeat International Virtual Conference for Those Outside the U.S.

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Heartbeat is the largest and most expansive network of pregnancy help in the world, serving over 2,800 pregnancy help locations on every inhabited continent, where abortion alternatives are provided. 

Heartbeat loves our international affiliates and wants to bless you in your work! We have a special offer that is only for Heartbeat's 50th Annual Conference and only for international affiliates in good standing. 

Any international life-affirming affiliate in good standing may register up to two (2) individuals for the price of one (1) registration - $199.00 (USD). Each person registered must have a unique email address and registration will be good only for that email address. Please note: One paid registration is required for your organization. Registrations without a fee selected for at least one attendee will be invalid and subject to cancellation. 

As an international affiliate joining our Virtual Conference, there will be a full schedule available with more than 50 workshops at your fingertips and Live Q&A with presenters, and a virtual Exhibit Hall you'll be able to wander through to see what products and services are available for your pregnancy help ministry. You will receive this high-quality training from your computer. We have incorporated a variety of networking opportunities into our Conference platform to allow all attendees—in-person and virtual—to connect and converse about a variety of topics. 

3 DAYS - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Training Days (28, 29, 30-April-2021)

Your Virtual Conference registration includes 10 days access to workshops being presented in the virtual conference.  Closer to the Virtual Conference you will receive detailed instruction on how to access the virtual platform at THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU PROVIDE TO US IN YOUR REGISTRATION. We encourage you to please check your spam/junk folder as well.

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2021 Conference Frequently Asked Questions for Internationals

When is the Heartbeat International conference?

This year, Heartbeat is offering two conferences, a live, in-person conference April 27-30 in Columbus, Ohio and a virtual conference, accessible in the convenience of your home April 28-30. Internationals are invited to both. However, this year, because of the restrictions in place due to the pandemic, no scholarships are available for the live conference. Scholarships are available only for the virtual conference, April 28-30, 2021.

April 28-30 Online.

If you receive a scholarship, we expect that you participate from the beginning of the conference through the close of the conference.

How many scholarships does Heartbeat make available?

Heartbeat typically provides 15-20 scholarships at some level to its annual conference. Demand for scholarships is generally greater than what we can provide, but Heartbeat provides as many as we possibly can, based on what the budget will allow in that conference year. Furthermore, typically, we award one scholarship per organization. You must apply so that you can be considered for a scholarship.

I can’t wait to attend! What is next?

Check to see if you are currently affiliated with Heartbeat directly, or with one of our Joint Affiliation Partners (JAP). Our JAPs are Pregnancy Help Network, Association for Life of Africa, Be’Ad Chaim, Pregnancy Care Canada, Centros de Ayuda para la Mujer, Movimento per la Vita, Pregnancy Help Australia, Pregnancy Support Services of Asia, and ProVida   You can check your affiliation status by asking your JAP leader, and if you are affiliated with Heartbeat directly you can log in to your account. If you find that your status is in grace or expired, you will need to reaffiliate. In that case, contact the JAP or click here to reaffiliate.

I checked and my affiliation is current, now what?

Click here to access the online application. If you cannot access it online, you will need to fill out the hard copy application and scan the completely filled out application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can download the hard copy application here. The application must be completely filled out, the information must be accurate, and the application must be received by February 15, 2021. So, if you have not checked the correct status of your affiliation, the application will be rejected.

Does calling and emailing help the selection process?

No. In fact, calling and emailing several times slows down the entire process. You will receive acknowledgment of receipt of your application. After that, the International Program Specialist will review and check the information submitted for each application. With few exceptions, applications are considered on a first come first serve basis.

When is the application process closed?

It will be a hard close on February 15, 2021. That means that no more applications will be accepted. Do not delay if you want your application to be considered. Late applications will not be considered.

When will decisions be made?

Decisions will be made and emails will be sent out on March 1, 2021 to individuals who have received scholarships.  

Once selected, what is required of scholarship recipients?

Scholarship recipients are expected to:

  • Understand English at a level sufficient for keynotes and workshops;
  • Attend conference workshops and keynote sessions.
  • Grant permission for their pictures and stories to be used by Heartbeat.
  • Following the conference, give feedback to Heartbeat’s International Program Specialist regarding their experience;
  • Be able to communicate regularly via e-mail with Heartbeat’s International Program Specialist in the months and weeks prior to the conference to answer questions

Who is the contact person for scholarship requests and questions?

The International Program Specialist, Ellen Foell. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do NOT contact others at Heartbeat International. It will only slow down the processing of your application.

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A New Concept for a 50 Year Old Conference

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One of our founding goals at Heartbeat International is to provide an annual training conference to properly equip the pregnancy help movement with the tools and concepts needed to empower women to choose life for their little ones.

Unfortunately, last year the pandemic caused us to dramatically shift from an in person conference to a virtual one and we missed the opportunity to be with you in-person. But God is so good! That conference ultimately resulted in us being able to train pregnancy help leaders in more than 30 nations worldwide and host the largest pregnancy help conference ever!

Little did we know at the time that our virtual conference would equip us with the technology and experience needed to continue providing key pregnancy help to centers worldwide when travel would remain restricted in many areas indefinitely.

Throughout this entire pandemic, pregnancy help organizations have continued to stay engaged in communities and in this network. We do this through our online trainings, our physical resources, and by staying connected by phone or Zoom. If this time reinforced anything, it is that relationships are vital!

Pregnancy help has remained an essential need through this past year and so as we plan ahead, we are committed to hosting an in-person conference in the spring. It is our 50th birthday celebration, and we want to share that time with you!

Understanding that there still will be some travel and health restrictions, we are creating a new path of learning so that anyone who wants to hear from experts in their field while receiving inspirational messages of hope has the ability to do so.

Therefore, we are preparing to host both an in-person conference and a virtual conference in tandem with one another.

This means, if you are in Columbus, Ohio with us this April 27-30, 2021, you will receive in-person training with more than 80 workshops from which to choose in addition to networking opportunities, keynote addresses, and in-depth training options. You will also have access to our virtual conference which will include an additional 50 workshops and more keynote addresses. You can then choose to binge watch the virtual conference at night or save it until you are back home.

We are working with the state and local government agencies as well as the hotel directly to ensure that all event safety guidelines are accounted for as your protection is of our utmost importance.

For those who choose to stay home for any reason, we understand, and we’ve got you covered.

Our Virtual Conference, April 28-30 will include nine different workshop tracks and six keynote addresses. Speakers will be available for Live Q&A at the end of their virtual workshop. Additionally, you will still have access to our amazing sponsors which provide products and services designed to advance the pregnancy help movement. You’ll also have the ability to network with other attendees and connect through our community board. 

We know that this period in time will make the history books and we plan to make the most of it! Professional development is key in any profession and it is our goal to lead the way by creating a new tandem conference so that any and all who seek to provide pregnancy help have the ability to do so either in-person, virtually, or both!

Registration will be opening in the next few weeks with additional information. Keep an eye on your inbox or check our conference webpage for the latest information.

See (or “See”) you in April at our 50th Annual Conference!

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Thank You for Your YES

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Thank you for your heroic witness and numerous sacrifices offered on behalf of the most vulnerable of our global societies. As fellow servants of Life and Family, HLI has experienced the powerful life-changing impact of Pregnancy Centers and the services they offer.

Heartbeat International's mission is to “Reach and Rescue as many lives as possible, around the world, through an effective network of life-affirming pregnancy help, to Renew communities for Life.” This effort is possible and actualized because you believe that every precious life matters and has inherent dignity – is unrepeatable and deserves to be protected and served.

Your intercession has not only saved the lives of countless innocent pre-born children and their families from the violence of abortion, but it has also inspired greater awareness of our need to step out of our comfort zone and dare to stare the ongoing, physical reality of abortion in the face. Nothing brings home the brutal reality of abortion like standing on a sidewalk watching as men and women walk into an abortion facility to have their precious children killed. This experience can be gut-wrenching, but it’s also exactly what many of us need to shake off our complacency and light a fire in our bellies for Life. 

Your great mission challenges every member of society, Christian and non-Christian, to answer the questions, “Who is my neighbor?” and “Lord, when did I see you hungry, thirsty or naked…?”

Because of your love and compassion, people who believe in the dignity and sacredness of all human life, women and their unborn children receive genuine care and support, no matter the circumstances. Your charity and intervention authentically helps women see past the pro-abortion propaganda and immediate struggle they face, offering a variety of true help and services. Heartbeat’s accompaniment stands in stark contrast to the death peddlers whose solution to a current “crisis” is the destruction of a child and a mother’s lifetime filled with misery and memories of “what could have been.”

I believe abortion will never end until every Christian man and woman of good will considers it a personal responsibility to do everything reasonably in his or her power to protect life. That’s because abortion is so deeply embedded in our culture, we can’t expect a mere change of the laws, or the correct

public relations “strategy”, executed by large pro-life organizations, to loosen its stranglehold. What we need above all is conversion of heart, on a societal scale. And unless Christians like you and me are out there, literally on the street corners, publicly witnessing to self-sacrificial love and the Gospel message that will never happen.

Yet, it is hard to comprehend what our world would be like without people like you willing to sacrifice for Love. There is no doubt that the grip of the Evil One and the Culture of Death would be far tighter. You seek no self-congratulatory praise but offer everything for God’s glory alone. Know that you, a unique and unrepeatable gift, are making an irreplaceable difference. You are saving lives, one heartbeat at a time.

Thank you for saying YES!

Fraternally in Christ,

Rev. Father Shenan J. Boquet

President of Human Life International


Join us for Fr. Boquet's keynote address at the 2018 Heartbeat International Annual Conference. Fr. Boquet will be just one of seven kenote speakers at this year's Heartbeat Conference in Anaheim, California. Click here to learn more and register!

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'No Low-Lights, Only Highlights' at 2017 Conference

Interesting how opposition to our work tends to backfire, isn’t it?

Planned several years in advance for Chicago, Heartbeat International’s 2017 Annual Conference gathered over 1,200 life-affirming leaders in the heart of a state that is leading the way in chilling the conscience rights of its pro-life citizens.

Yes, states like Illinois, California and Hawaii are trying to squelch life-affirming options to abortion through the legislature. But no, their effort doesn’t seem to be having its desired effect.

The largest-ever pregnancy help conference, this year’s four-day event featured a star-studded cast of keynote speakers highlighted by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, as well as pro-life leaders Anne Pierson, Jill Stanek and Ryan Bomberger.

Dr. William Lyle—a member of Heartbeat’s medical advisory council—also took the stage to tell his tremendous story, and attendees were treated to inspiring appearances on our main stage by the Benham Brothers and comedienne Anita Renfroe.

Add to this year’s keynotes 90 workshops, plus 15 in-depth-day opportunities and worship led by Matt Hammitt, and you start to get a snapshot of a movement that’s adding more momentum every day.

As one attendee said about this year’s conference, “There were no low-lights. Only highlights.”

Whether or not you came to this year’s event, you can download recordings of each keynote and workshop session (here).

And, mark your calendar for April 10-12, 2018, when Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference comes to Anaheim, Calif. 

 

Heartbeat International 50th Annual Conference

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In-Person Conference Experience - April 27-30, 2021 
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Virtual Conference Event - April 28-30, 2021

Conference Experience

Because this mission is so critical and each and every one of you is essential to this mighty calling, we are committed to providing a training conference that both equips and encourages you. Therefore, we are hosting an In-Person Conference experience AND a virtual conference event—two conferences, simultaneously—fusing the learning concepts and reaching more people with the insights and inspiration our Heartbeat Conference provides each year. For our pregnancy help friends outside of the U.S., please click here for additional information!

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Conference Pricing

  Early Bird
(through 3/20/21)
Regular
(from 3/21-4/9/21)
Late
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In-Person Conference Experience $499 $599 $699
In-Person Conference Bundle
(In-Depth Day + Conference)
$599 $699 $799
Virtual Conference Only $199 $249 $299

 

The In-Person Conference Experiences include access to the Virtual Conference for 21 days post-conference, until May 21, 2021. 

Meals for your In-Person Conference Experiences include the following: lunch & dinner on Wednesday; Lunch on Thursday; and lunch & closing banquet on Friday. For those attending the In-Depth Day training, lunch will be provided.

The Virtual Conference Only will include access to the platform for 10 days post-conference, until May 10, 2021.

Who Should Attend the Heartbeat International 50th Annual Conference?

Heartbeat’s Annual Conference is designed for ministry leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers of life-affirming pregnancy help centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, and non-profit adoption agencies, as well as professionals in the areas of medicine, counseling, social work, and education.

For those outside of the United States, see what kind of opportunities for being a part of the Heartbeat Conference are available to you by clicking here!

Our conference offers the most dynamic training to equip ministers and empower ministries worldwide in the pregnancy help community through the largest international Pregnancy Help Conference, this year both in-person and online! There will be plenty to learn in this new format with the following trainings available:

  • Unique, Professional Keynote Sessions
  • Distinctive, Full-Day In-Depth Training Sessions
  • Workshop Presentations from Ministry Experts
  • And much more!

Hotel Information

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Columbus | 350 North High Street | Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 1-800-304-9288 or 614-463-1234

To receive the Heartbeat Room rate, please go to https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CMHRC/G-HBET and reserve your room today.

Use Heartbeat International group code G-HBET to receive our discounted room rate of just $179.00 (+taxes) per night (for single & double occupancy). The Group rate G-HBET is available until April 12, 2021 ~ subject to availability.

 

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Special thank you to our sponsors who help make the Annual Conference happen! 

If you are interested in having your organization highlighted at the conference, Conference Sponsorship is a good option for you. Click here to learn more.

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Conference meals included in your registration are:

~ Lunch on In-Depth Day | Conference meals are: Wed- lunch & dinner; Thurs-Lunch; Friday- lunch & closing banquet

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