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Pregnancy Help Institute


Not your Typical Ministry. Not your Typical Training.

July 30 - August 3, 2018 | Columbus, Ohio

As a front-line life-saver, the care you provide makes a world of difference for 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.

At Heartbeat, we realize yours is no typical ministry—in fact, no two pregnancy help organizations are exactly the same—so the training we offer at Pregnancy Help Institute is uniquely tailored to you.

Organized under four intensive tracks (Leadership, Development, New 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.

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


Projected Schedule at a Glance

Monday, July 30, 2018
5:00 pm Registration and Opening. Program starts with a welcome, dinner and opening orientation
*At the Heartbeat Offices located at 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd., Ste. 2277, Columbus, OH 43220

Tuesday, 7/31–Thursday, 8/2
All day sessions (8:30am - 6:30pm) 
(Please note: Wednesday evening, 8/2 is a “free evening” so your day ends at 5:00 pm and you’ll be on your own for dinner.)

Friday, August 3, 2018
​• Morning session (8:30am - 12:00pm) (followed by lunch)
• Please plan to depart Columbus no earlier than 2:30 pm




Thinking of budget? We've got this year's prices!register now button blue i4

  Early Bird: Register
by June 22, 2018
Regular: Register
by July 13, 2018
Late: Register
after July 13, 2018

Heartbeat Affiliate

$989 $1,089 $1,189


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

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds may be issued until 12:00 midnight EDT June 22, 2018. A 50% refund is available from 12:01 AM EST June 23-July 13, 2018 12:00 midnight EDT. No refunds will be issued past 12:01 AM EDT July 14, 2018. 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.

Hotel Information

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

Please remember your Pregnancy Help Institute registration does not include your hotel accommodations and rooms must be booked by July 9th, so don’t delay in making your hotel reservation.

Book your room online now! 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: PH18.  Your reservation also includes a made-to-order breakfast each morning. The hotel has plenty of parking at no additional charge.

(​The hotel offers executive rooms with work spaces and amenity station which includes a small fridge, microwave & coffeemaker, as well as a made-to-order breakfast each morning, a fitness center, and an indoor pool. Additionally, the hotel has plenty of parking at no additional charge. You may check into the hotel after 3:00 pm. An early check-in may be available if rooms are available.​)​

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

Airline Arrivals: For those traveling by air, the airport code for Columbus, Ohio is CMH. WE encourage you to use Monday, July 30th as a travel day as registration opens at 5:00 pm at the Heartbeat Offices.

Airport Transportation: You can catch a cab/taxi/Uber upon your arrival to the hotel. You may also obtain airport transportation to the hotel by calling Orange Cab directly at (614) 414-0000. If you call and schedule this ahead of time, they offer a flat rate each way. Please have your flight itinerary ready as they may ask for your flight information.

*Please note: Transportation from the hotel to the training offices will be provided daily back and forth from the Hilton Garden Inn to our Heartbeat training area.


The Leadership Track

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

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

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

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.


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.

What others are saying about Pregnancy Help Institute:

"Unique and right on the money" - Kirk Walden 

"I don’t think there is a day that goes by though that I don’t reach for something that I was able to bring back from Pregnancy Help Institute!"


“This was an amazing discovery of self. I have come back and have started implementing the tools we were given.”

"Amazing experience, very grateful for the opportunity."

“This was by far the most applicable learning experience I've ever had.”

 "...the best conference I have attended in my 15 years as Executive Director. I strongly recommend that you do whatever is needed to attend this professional, corporate level leadership training."

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