♥ THE Pulse Q U A R T E R LY Third Quarter 2006 NEWSLETTER ♥ 665 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 440 • Columbus, OH 43229-3245 • (614) 885-7577 • FAX: (614) 885-8746 • (888) 550-7577 • www.heartbeatinternational.org “i just wanted to tell u thanks” The following is a recent Instant Message (IM) conversation that took place at Option Line: hey Answers at OL1 (10:46:38 PM): hi, how can i help The message is simply amazing. The spelling and grammar, typical of IM communication among the younger generation, would hardly pass the spellcheck on our word processors. Yet, the heart of the matter is communicated so very clearly: A witness to a life saved is thanking those that helped make that happen. you? well i just wanted to tell u thanks cuz i took my friend to one of ur clinics today and they talked her out of an abortion Answers at OL1 (10:47:43 PM): well good, i’m glad they could help! ya me 2 they actually helped lead her to Christ too Answers at OL1 (10:48:46 PM): that’s just wonderful i kno i was praying so hard for it and ur center helped Instant Message is just the latest technological tool Option Line® is using to reach potential clients. Originally envisioned as a national hotline (800-395-HELP), online opportunities now make e-mail and instant messaging increasingly popular ways to initiate conversations with individuals who are looking for a center near them. Option Line, a joint venture of Heartbeat International and Care Net, has been reaching out through keyword advertising, along with local media broadcast and print partnerships. As a result, Option Line has nearly 20,000 contacts each month. Each consultant, ranging from college age to…well, older than college age, extends the good work of pregnancy centers to those with whom they are privileged to interact. In time, we’re sure to hear many stories like the one above, because we know lives are being touched and changed through the work of Option Line and local centers. A Time of Transition Heartbeat History Part III By Peggy Hartshorn, President In 1992, twenty-one years after our founding, several factors led to major changes for Alternatives to Abortion International (AAI), now Heartbeat International. First, some of our founding leaders who had served for two decades as volunteers began to resign. Two shocks also came from Washington: the Supreme Court’s “Casey Decision,” which reaffirmed Roe v. Wade, and the election of a strongly proabortion president, Bill Clinton. Pro-life people were discouraged, but determined to try to reduce abortion and help women wherever they were still able to do so. The AAI Board had a scheduled meeting two days after the November 1992 election. There they voted to re- organize and move from a volunteer model to a “professional” model at the top levels, and to become even more effective in starting and strengthening pregnancy centers. I was Chairman of the Board and, in 1993, took the position of AAI’s first paid, professional Executive Leadership .................................2 Director/ President. Affiliate Focus ...........................4 Inside Pulse We soon changed our name to Heart(continued on page 5) Summer Scrapbook ...................6 News from Affiliates .................7 Resources and Training Dates...8 ♥ Page 2 Heartbeat Encourages Registration & Participation in November 7 Elections Pulse Heartbeat Institute: Leadership By Jor-El Godsey, Vice President of Affiliate Services “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” Peter Drucker The good-hearted people who work and volunteer in life-affirming pregnancy centers display an unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life. By counseling and assisting families facing unexpected pregnancies, you make a difference for life in the most effective way possible. Another way to assist the pro-life movement in America is to vote your values. We are blessed to live in a country that allows each and every one of us to play an integral role in the political process. The freedom to vote is a treasured privilege of American life and an act of responsible citizenship. Sadly, millions of eligible Americans are not even registered to vote, and millions more who are registered fail to express their values through the elections process. On November 7, voters across the country will elect U.S. Senators, members of Congress, governors, and various other state and local officials. The outcome of these elections will have a dramatic impact on the issues we care about, including abortion policies. The stakes are high and Heartbeat International strongly encourages your participation in the upcoming elections. How can your center be involved? You can start by making sure your staff and volunteers are registered to vote. You can also reach out to supporters in your community and encourage their registration and participation. Heartbeat International provides a variety of election resources, including online voter registration, state-by-state registration deadlines, and legal guidelines for non-profit voter registration efforts, at www.heartbeatinternational. org/vote.htm. We can build upon our service for life by registering, educating ourselves on the issues and candidates, and voting our values on November 7. For additional information on Heartbeat International’s Voter Registration Drive, contact Nathan Burd at [email protected] ♥ Investing in Leading Centers This Fall Heartbeat International is partnering with the professional leadership trainers and executive coaches from Built to Lead. They will explore the 12 Essentials of Excellence and examine the key elements of excellent leadership including: self-evaluation, inspiration, courage, discipline, optimism, wisdom, communication skills, and so much more! Developing Professionals Increasing skills, capability, and knowledge is only a portion of true professional development. This intense week-long learning environment will delve deeply to produce a lasting, powerful impact for your future leadership adventure and the team you lead. Positive change is a condition good leaders strive for constantly. This training can help uncover detrimental “blind spots,” which inhibit the ability to lead with excellence. The Heartbeat Institute: Leadership will provide a tremendous opportunity for good leaders to experience positive change for themselves and their ministries. A Value for Ministry The 2006 Heartbeat Institute will be held November 6-10, at the executive training Conference Center at NorthPointe of Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance. A $3,000 value, the cost is as low as $875* and includes 4–nights lodging, meals, executive coaching and the full Institute experience! “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge.” (2 Peter 1:5) Who should attend? Key leaders in a pregnancy support environment—executive directors, heads of departments, board members, and others with significant leadership responsibility. More details are available on our website at www.heartbeat international.org. *Early registration and double-occupancy rate. (Room sharing can be coordinated by Heartbeat International.) Single occupancy rates are available. Pulse Page 3 Introducing—Chris Holmberg, RN Heartbeat welcomes Chris Holmberg, RN, who has recently joined Heartbeat’s Affiliate Services department to help our pregnancy centers through the process of adding medical services and to assist Heartbeat affiliates in Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound™ Program. Chris, an alumna of Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing in Philadelphia, comes to Heartbeat with a wealth of experience. In 1976, she joined the Lamaze Childbirth Association in Columbus, Ohio, where she developed and implemented prenatal and parenting classes for pregnant and parenting teens. In conjunction with the Ohio State University Nisonger Center, she developed and piloted Childbirth Education for the Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled client. For the past 13 years, Chris has worked for Pregnancy Decisions Health Centers in Columbus, where she initially served as the director of a comprehensive prenatal, parenting and life-skills program. Presently, Chris continues to manage client care for PDHC while working part-time for Heartbeat International. Chris Holmberg, RN, is Heartbeat’s new Medical Clinic Specialist. Choose Life License Plates Coming to Your State Choose Life license plates are now available in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. The plates have also been approved and will soon be available to the public in Georgia, Indiana, and Tennessee. Learn how you can help make Choose Life license plates available in your state at www.choose-life.org/newsletter.html. Choose Life, Inc., is currently assisting efforts to make the plates available in 30 states across the country. Learn who is working on the plate in your state at www.chooselife.org/states.htm. New Affiliates. . . If there is not a Choose Life committee in your state, but you would like to help create one, Choose Life, Inc., will assist you in any way possible. This grassroots volunteer effort is having tremendous success across the country. Nationally, the Choose Life plates have raised over $6 million to support adoption efforts at life-affirming agencies, such as pregnancy care centers, maternity homes, and non-profit adoption agencies. For more information, e-mail Russ and Jill Amerling at [email protected]; call them toll-free at 877-454-1203, or write to them at P.O. Box 830152, Ocala, FL, 34483. joining the Heartbeat family in the 2nd quarter of 2006. Options Pregnancy Center • Florence, AZ International Affiliates Fallbrook Women’s Resource Center • Fallbrook, CA St. Patrick’s Counselling Centre • Singida, TANZANIA Family Life Services • Colorado Springs, CO Fordjour’s Counseling Center • Mamprobi-Accra, GHANA Carolyn’s Place • Waterbury, CT Uxbridge Pregnancy Centre • Uxbridge, ON, CANADA Adoption House • Wilmington, DE Christian Adoption Services • Calgary, AB, CANADA A Safe Harbor Women’s Resource Center • Orlando, FL Community Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver • Burnaby, BC, CANADA Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center • Jackson, GA Catholic Charities • Des Moines, IA The Answer for Pregnancy Aid • Hobart, IN The New Life Center • Bardstown, KY Rolla Pregnancy Resource Center • Rolla, MO High Level Woman’s Support Centre • High Level, AB, CANADA Highlands Community Pregnancy Care Centre • Haliburton, ON, CANADA Nelson Crisis Pregnancy Centre • Nelson, BC, CANADA Sarah’s Daughters Enrichment & PRC • Lumberton, NC Outreach for Life Association of Edmonton • Edmonton, AB, CANADA New Beginnings Centers of Hope • Valley Stream, NY Post-Abortion Community Services • Burnaby, BC, CANADA Front Royal Pregnancy Center • Front Royal, VA Real Choices Crisis Pregnancy Centre • Saskatoon, SK, CANADA Stratford House of Blessing • Stratford, ON, CANADA ♥ Okanagan Valley Pregnancy Care Centre • Kelowna, BC, CANADA Page 4 Focus on an Affiliate Pulse Creating Community Impact By Pat Lassen Cindi Boston, executive director of Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) in Aurora and Springfield, Missouri, is a tremendously capable pro-life leader filled with contagious enthusiasm. Cindi originally came on board at PCC in 2000 to assist with the start-up of PCC’s Springfield center. Under her leadership, both of PCC’s center locations have enjoyed notable growth and achievement. Cindi credits the Board, staff, and volunteers who have worked for PCC with its successful ministry outreach. of attending Lamaze classes with couples. Nurses from St. John’s now volunteer at PCC to lead Lamaze classes specially tailored for single women in a less daunting environment. Cindi Boston with Blunt. Until recently, there were 1,100 abortions annually in the area that PCC serves. That number dropped to 700 when the only Govenernor Matt abortion provider in the Ozarks closed its doors. The abortion clinic was unable to find a doctor with local hospital privileges to perform abortions there. PCC’s influence in the community, along with 22years-worth of prayers coming from one special woman, is likely to have played a critical role in these events. Since the abortion facility’s closing, PCC has experienced a 70 percent increase in calls from women in need. In addition to the efforts of the PCC staff, collaboration with nearly three dozen community, education and foundation groups have also benefited PCC, as has collaboration with the Missouri Alliance for Life coalition. Combined efforts with the coalition secured the passage of House Bill 1485, which will grant up to 2 million dollars in tax credits to businesses donating to Missouri pregnancy resource centers in 2007. Governor Matt Blunt made passage of the bill a priority and signed it into law at The Board of Directors of PCC with the Loftis family in front of five centers, including the former abortion clinic facility that was recently donated to PCC. PCC. PCC has also enjoyed many advantages from its five-year partnership with St. John’s Hospital. Cindi says relationships, such as the one formed with Suzanne Miller, vice president of St. John’s Women’s Services, have been key. In addition to assisting PCC by fundraising and grant writing, Cindi notes that Suzanne has also been a valuable personal mentor. Collaboration with medical staff from St. John’s Hospital has also proven directly beneficial to the women who seek help at PCC. For example, nurses volunteering at the centers reported to Cindi that moms from the centers often came to the delivery room unprepared. After being alerted to the problem, Cindi and Suzanne investigated the situation and found that many single moms were intimidated at the thought ♥ In a strange turn of events, the owners of the building that formerly housed the abortion facility decided to donate their building to PCC. After Dianna Loftis, the former building owner, toured PCC, she exclaimed: “It was just incredible! I can’t believe what they are doing for our community!” The fact that PCC is entirely funded by donations from the local community convinced Dianna to gift the building to PCC. Often the work of pregnancy centers is seen as touching “one life at a time.” While centers work to serve the individual client well, there is great value in forging relationships with the local community. These relationships leverage the positive outreach of centers and enable them to impact many, many lives. Heartbeat applauds PCC’s creative leadership and courageous efforts to do all they can to promote the value of life. Keep Those Coalitions Coming! Coalition-type organizations of which Heartbeat is aware are listed on our website at www.heartbeat international.org/coalitions. If you know of others, please contact Betty McDowell at [email protected] heartbeatinternational.org. Pulse Page 5 Time of Transition (continued from page 1) beat International (Heartbeat was the title of AAI’s magazine). While we hated to give up the well known “Alternatives to Abortion,” we were convinced that having “abortion” in our name immediately polarized people. A more momentous change was that we began to describe ourselves as an interdenominational Christian association, with Biblically based programs. Early on, AAI made a strategic decision to avoid referring to abortion or our work in “religious” terms. The founders believed AAI would be more effective and garner more support if they described abortion as a “civil rights” issue and their work as “humanitarian.” New Staff… Heartbeat welcomes Mike Howell and Connie Jones, who recently joined our staff. Mike is our new bookkeeper and Connie is our new office assistant in charge of orders and shipping. Since our founding the cultural landscape had radically changed. It could no longer be presumed that we had a Christian culture and that American non-profits were functioning from a Judeo-Christian perspective. Our programs, especially post-abortion programs, had a Christian basis, and our leaders were primarily Catholics and Evangelical Protestants. Our identity, in a world marked by increasing confusion, needed to be clear. We also believed the Lord was going to use Heartbeat to bring about greater unity among Christians. Our mission remained basically the same—to start and strengthen abortion alternative organizations worldwide, encouraging entrepreneurial and independent affiliates that subscribed to our prolife principles. Peggy Hartshorn, first professional executive director of Heartbeat International, multitasking in her tiny office space. In 1993, we set up a new Heartbeat office in Columbus, Ohio, using donated space (a walk-in closet!) in the office of our affiliate (now Pregnancy Decision Health Centers), and we purchased a file cabinet and computer. The previous office and its equipment in White Plains, N.Y., was destroyed in a fire. We eventually moved to our own office space as God provided more financial and human resources. Our programs grew as well. About 100 of the original 250 AAI affiliated centers became Heartbeat affiliates and new centers began to join. The first Conference planned under our new leadership was held in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993, and our first new manual, published in 1994, was The LOVE Approach. Today Heartbeat has nearly 1,000 affiliates and many different manuals. We hold yearly national conferences, many specialized trainings, and we are continually developing new programs, such as the Sexual Integrity Program. The seeds planted during those transition years have borne much fruit (to be discussed in the next and final article in this series) and, for that, we give thanks and glory to the Lord! Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles on Heartbeat’s history to commemorate our 35th Anniversary. The first focused on our founders, whose “call” into our movement was influenced by their experiences during WWII and the Nazis’ total disrespect for human life. The second article focused on our contribution to the early history of counseling for women, especially crisis intervention, hotlines, and the recognition of “post-abortion syndrome.” Heartbeat Responds to Yet Another Attack on Pregnancy Resource Centers In recent months, pro-abortion forces have launched a string of misleading attacks aimed at discrediting pregnancy resource centers that provide free and confidential services. It appears this is intended to protect the abortion industry’s profits by eliminating the “competition” of pregnancy centers. The most recent attack comes in the form of a “report” (see: www.democrats.reform.house. gov) issued by pro-abortion Congressman Henry Waxman (CA), accusing pregnancy centers of providing false information on the risks and complications associated with abortion. If you are contacted by the media, please use the information on our website under Public Policy Report at http://www.heartbeatinternational. org/public_policy_report.htm to formulate talking points. For a more thorough training on how to present the facts, please consult Heartbeat International’s newly revised Talking About Abortion (4th edition) 2006 manual. For an order form, go to: http://www.heart beatinternational.org/pdf/Resource_Order_ Form6-12-06.pdf (PDF format) to print out and fax your order to 614-885-8746, or as always, you can call us at 1-888-550-7577 to order. ♥ Page 6 Pulse Heartbeat Summer Scrapbook Trainings “ConCert” is an advanced-level Consultant Certificate Training Program. ConCert is for all pregnancy options consultants who want to gain confidence and take their current skills and knowledge to a higher level. Anyone who works with clients in a life-affirming center, such as volunteer counselors, program directors, or other paid staff members, will benefit from this course. ConCert is a 16-week distance-learning program that allows students to communicate with their instructor via e-mail and/or phone from the home or office. A Recent Student Said:“I started this course without any specific expectations, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was very hands-on and practical in text and assignments.” If you couldn’t attend Heartbeat’s in-depth trainings this summer, don’t despair. Check out our upcoming Institute on Leadership this November (see page 2 for details) and mark your calendar. New Director Oasis Pregnancy Center directors learning critical information at Heartbeat’s New Director Oasis in Columbus, Ohio. Medical Clinic Symposium - Pamela Bucao, Springdale, AR When Can I Take the ConCert Course? ConCert Class 2007 January 14, 2007 – May 5, 2007 Registration November 1, 2006 – January 1, 2007 Early Bird Special Student registration is $285.00 before December 10, 2006 After December 10th Student registration increases to $350.00 For more information, please visit our website at www.heartbeatinternational.org. To register for ConCert, call the Heartbeat office (888-5507577). Heartbeat International’s LOVE Approach training is a pre-requisite to the ConCert Program. If you have completed this training and have moderate experience consulting with clients, you are qualified to take the ConCert course. From left to right: Chris Holmberg, RN, Heartbeat International; Jannie Wicke, RN, Heartbeats of Licking County, Newark, Ohio; Sandy Christiansen, MD, Care Net; Paula Cullen, Executive Director, and Debbie Simpson, RN, both of Life Services of Spokane, Washington. Executive Roundtable Mike Molsen, former Executive Director of Caris in Chicago, shares insightful tips on leading a large staff through difficult times, at the Executive Round Table training in Phoenix, Arizona. Mike is now the head of the Option Ultrasound™ Program for Focus on the Family. Pulse Published quarterly by Heartbeat International, 665 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 440. Editors, Peggy Wolock, Esq., Suzanne McGuire; Contributors, Russell and Jill Amerling, Nathan Burd, Jor-El Godsey, Peggy Hartshorn, Pat Lassen, Betty McDowell, Suzanne McGuire, Debra Neybert, Andrea Noll, Debbie Schirtzinger, and Peggy Wolock. © 2006 Heartbeat International. All Rights Reserved. ♥ Pulse News from Affiliates Page 7 Although we generally mention Directors’ names in the News From Affiliates section, Heartbeat would like to recognize all affiliate staff, Board members, and volunteers for their hard work and dedication, which, although unmentioned, is seen by God and all who benefit from your tireless labor. LifeWalk Becomes a Prayer Walk Around Town Partnership Turns Into Merger Crisis Pregnancy Center of Grant County, Marion, IN. Indya Morton, Interim Director. Walkers gathered at CPC and blazed a new prayer trail around downtown Marion. Walkers, led by local ministers, stopped and prayed at five designated Prayer Points. A Christian Ministries student from IWU led the opening prayer. The Prayer Points included a church, a school, a street intersection (to represent their neighborhoods), and the Court House. The walk concluded at the center where they prayed God would keep them focused on serving Him, that they would be above reproach, and that He would give them the strength to continue their ministry. Corvallis Pregnancy Care Center, Corvallis, OR. Karen Tameling, Executive Director and New Hope Pregnancy Center, Albany, OR. Shelly Herndon, Executive Director. These two centers met and began to explore the implications of a possible merger. They discovered that they share a common mission, are like-minded in how to serve and care for clients, and have compatible governance models and organizational cultures. They believe that each center has unique gifts and that combining resources will create a new organization greater than the sum of its parts. After much research, discussion and prayer, the boards of directors of CPCC and NHPC have voted to merge their organizations and become Options Pregnancy Resource Centers. Both the Corvallis and Albany centers will retain their local flavor and character, but will be managed by a combined leadership team. Same Address – New Message Pregnancy Clinic, Bowie Crofton, MD. Pamela Palumbo, Executive Director. For the past several months, teenage girls and young women, escorted by boyfriends, mothers, fathers, and friends, have come to the address of a former abortion clinic called Gynecare in Severna Park. The location is now the new satellite of Pregnancy Clinic. The staff uses the few minutes they have with visitors to tell them Gynecare has moved, and they immediately offer a free 3-D/4-D sonogram. Consultants also provide a brochure on questions to ask an abortionist before making a decision that will change these women’s lives forever. The staff at Severna Park Pregnancy Clinic know there are no coincidences with God. Each “chance encounter” is really a divine appointment. Clinic Recognized for Positive Impact on Region FirstChoice Clinic, Fargo, ND. Pauline Economon, Executive Director. Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) presented awards to three non-profit grant partners to recognize their outstanding performance in reaching and exceeding goals that have positively impacted the health of people in their region. FirstChoice Clinic’s award recognized the commitment and enthusiasm of their board and staff in ensuring the clinic’s organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Yellow Book Nets Additional Clients Life Choices, Memphis, TN. Sue Parker, CEO. Their story begins with an error made by the publishers of Yellow Book. The center’s ad, designated to be listed under “Abortion Alternatives,” was also printed under “Abortion Providers.” The first morning after Yellow Book was delivered, Life Choices received nine calls from women who were definitely seeking abortions. Explaining the error to these women opened the door for life-saving interventions—four of the women made appointments to see one of Life Choice’s consultants rather than making an appointment with an abortion provider. Each day, God is bringing more and more women to Life Choices. Praise God for His plan to make every circumstance profitable for Him! Celebrating 20 Years With a New Name Life Options (formerly Lower Valley Pregnancy Center), Grandview, WA. Jan McDonald, Executive Director. Life Options is celebrating 20 years of serving the community with a new name and a grand re-opening of their center. With an extensive medical advisory team and dedicated staff, they are seeing a huge jump in client visits. Currently, they offer free pregnancy tests, parenting classes, material support using Bonus Bucks, Bible study classes in English and Spanish, AWARE (an abstinence program designed for schools), a post-abortion Bible study, Steps to Sexual Health, Sexual Integrity classes, after-school girls clubs and ultrasound services. Some future plans include a bigger building, adding STD testing, expansion of AWARE and youth programs, and marriage mentoring. Congratulations Life Options! Gift Bags Help Clients Start Family Traditions Crossroads Pregnancy Care, Quakertown, PA. Elizabeth Selig, Executive Director. Crossroads has decided to simplify their Christmas giving to clients and give each client a gift bag with simple items to encourage them to spend time together as a family, and, perhaps, develop some special family traditions. The goal is for each bag to contain items such as DVDs, children’s storybooks, coloring books, drawing pads, crayons, markers, colored pencils, stickers, stencils, gift cards, and a cake mix, icing, and candles to bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus. Adding STD Testing - a Step in Faith Pregnancy Care Center, San Antonio, TX. Sarah Stone, Executive Director. Due to the staggering growth of STD’s reported in their county and a desire to reach out to individuals in the community to educate and care for them, PCC plans to offer STD testing. There isn’t a clinic in town that they know of that offers free testing. With a clientele of close to 70% low income, 77% living in high-risk zip codes and 64% between the ages of 18 and 24, PCC recognizes an urgent need for such a service. They are stepping out in faith to purchase the tests, which cost around $15 apiece, and will also purchase additional supplies and educational materials. ♥ Page 8 Resources Pulse = Resources Respect Life Program Packet The USCCB has recently published the Respect Life Program for 2006-2007, titled “Created, Loved, Redeemed by God. Priceless!” The USCCB packet includes posters and articles (in English and Spanish) on topics such as stem cell research, marriage and the two-parent family, and abstinence. To order call 866-582-0943, or go to http://www.usccb.org/prolife/ programs/rlp/index.htm. Adoption Awareness November is Adoption Awareness Month. To order resources for your center to help promote the adoption option, contact Loving & Caring at (717) 293-3230, or visit www.lovingand caring.org. SOHL Now is the time to start thinking about SOHL Sunday. Several organizations provide bulletin inserts and other materials to promote pregnancy center ministry to churches. A partial listing includes: Baptists for Life, www.bfl.org, 800-986-6086 or 616-257-6800; Care Net, www.care-net.org, 703-4785661; Focus on the Family, www.heartlink.org/beavoice, 800-232-6459; and Heritage House, www.hh76.com/ bulletins, 800-858-3040. Administration Step Up to the Next Level—A Guide for Pregnancy Centers to Improve their Internal Operations and Get Ready for an Audit is written to help centers improve their accounting systems and internal structures. To order, contact James L. Ulvog, CPA, at 909-948-7363, or go to www.ulvogcpa.com. Free Resource The “Healthy Start, Grow Smart” health education series is intended to improve early childhood education for America’s youngest children by providing information to caregivers about the best practices for early childhood development. This series consists of 13 issues, with the first focused on the newborn and the remaining on each month of an infant’s first year. It is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. To order, go to http://www.ntis.gov/cms/index.aspx. Also available in Braille, large print, audiotape and/or computer diskette. (To order in these formats, call 202-260-9895 or 202-2058113.) Post-Abortion Lady Liberty, a short booklet, is a testimony that chronicles a woman’s story of being set free from the negative affects of her abortion experience. It provides a nice compliment to postabortion ministry support groups. To order, contact the author at [email protected] ♥ = Resources Plan Now for 2006 & 2007 with These Dates in Mind! ♥ HEARTBEAT INSTITUTE: LEADERSHIP November 6–10, 2006 • Columbus, OH ♥ CONCERT Registration for Session II: November 1– January 1, 2006 Session II: January 14–May 5, 2007 ♥ HEARTBEAT INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE April 18–21, 2007 • St. Louis, MO ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wash for Life Blog The Wash for Life Team has started a blog at www.true choices.blogspot.com. This blog highlights different PRCs and shares their work and stories. They are looking for more material. If interested, contact them at 703-241-7171 or at [email protected] New Book Written from a Catholic perspective, The Case Against Condoms is a well documented book that addresses the scientific and proven ineffectiveness of condoms to fight the AIDS pandemic, and the marvelous plan of God for human sexuality as the answer. Available from Human Life International, 800549-LIFE or at www.hli.org. NIFLA Trainings The Nurses’ Institute in Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound dates for 2006 are: November 2-4 Torrance, CA, and December 7-9 Virginia Beach, VA. NIFLA is also offering an on-line course in limited obstetrical ultrasound for physicians. For more information, contact NIFLA at 540-785-9853, or go to www.nifla.org. Heartbeat International receives many job postings from our affiliates. For a complete description of these positions, go to our website at www.heartbeat international.org or contact the Heartbeat office at 888550-7577.
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