Heartbeat International is an interdenominational Christian association of life-affirming pregnancy resource centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, and nonprofit adoption agencies that seek to create an environment where every human heart is cherished and protected , within the womb and within strong families.
The ministry is dedicated to the purpose of establishing, developing, and supporting effective help centers all over the world. Heartbeat affiliates: offer concrete services and support to people who are experiencing or have experienced problem pregnancies; uphold the intrinsic value of every human life; and promote the special place of sexuality within marriage and children within strong families.
Crisis-intervention services in Heartbeat affiliated centers include 24-hour hot lines, pregnancy testing and counseling, Host Homes, clothing, baby items, financial assistance, community referrals, helpline phone support, and abstinence counseling. Long-term and follow-up services for clients and their families in Heartbeat affiliated centers include medical care, post-abortion support groups, parenting classes and other educational programs, adoption support groups, single-parent support groups, day care for clients in schooling, licensed maternity homes, licensed adoption services, professional counseling, school and community-based abstinence education programs.
All services are offered either free or at a very cost-effective rate to clients as we strive to fulfill our mission of creating an environment where every heart is cherished and protected. Services are delivered primarily by dedicated volunteers, although some affiliates have small, paid staffs.
The roots of Heartbeat were established in Toledo, Ohio by the late Dr. John Hillabrand, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, who brought together a group of ,pioneer, pro-life pregnancy service providers. In 1971, the organization formally incorporated as Alternatives to Abortion. The name was soon changed to Alternatives to Abortion International (AAI). For more than 20 years, AAI operated with volunteer consultants and one part-time paid staff member, providing education, training, consultation, and support to affiliated centers on an as-requested basis.
In 1993, in response to pressing national and international needs, the Board of Trustees voted to re-develop and expand services under the direction of a full-time President and small staff. At the same time, the name was changed to Heartbeat International and the headquarters moved to Columbus, Ohio.
Today, Heartbeat International has affiliates throughout the United States, in Canada, and several foreign countries. In conjunction with the Pregnancy Decision Health Centers of Columbus, Heartbeat International is developing an International training center at the Columbus headquarters, offering complete training from classroom instruction to practical application at the on-site medical clinic. – less–ZoomInfo