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Journal Entry: August 3rd, 2016

Supporting Maternal Health Worldwide

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Week 29

Every day, we take for granted the fact that we have access to healthcare here in America. As women, if we are pregnant and not insured we are given many incredible state and government resources that provide us with free assistance to ensure a healthy pregnancy and child. We are so very, very blessed to have these available resources.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the world has access to resources while pregnant. In fact, many women are prevented from seeking care due to poverty, distance, lack of information and inadequate services. These lack of resources are the cause of over 800 pregnant women dying every single day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, with 99% of those deaths occurring in developing countries (source: World Health Organization).

To raise awareness, my favorite pregnancy guide, What to Expect, is celebrating their the annual #BumpDay with it’s partners on August 3rd. You can show your support for maternal health worldwide by posting a bump photo on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter on Aug. 3, using the hashtag #BumpDay. Please also consider donating to the International Medical Corps to help women start healthy beginnings.

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #29, Miami FL, August 3rd, 2016

Portrait Photographer, Writer, and Consultant LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography. Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report. LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing. Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.

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