Famed Photographer Anne Geddes Helps March of Dimes Focus Attention on Premature Birth

White Plains, New York | Thursday, March 20, 2014

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World-renowned photographer Anne Geddes is lending her talent to support the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign and World Prematurity Day 2014 by taking an exclusive image this week that will be released specifically for the campaign in November.

Ms. Geddes is a longtime advocate for children and babies, and says the issue of preterm birth is close to her heart. One of her earliest and most iconic images is “Jack Holding Maneesha,” a photograph of a baby born prematurely at 28 weeks. This year, Maneesha celebrates her 21st birthday.

“I feel privileged to be able to use my photography to help such an important campaign,” says Ms. Geddes. “With the creation of a new image, I hope to demonstrate the inner strength, the as-yet-unseen potential of such a tiny life, and also to draw attention to potential solutions in the area of premature births.”

“We are delighted that Anne Geddes, one of the most influential professional photographers of our time, is volunteering to focus the world’s attention on the serious problem of prematurity,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes.

World Prematurity Day takes place each year on November 17. The March of Dimes and its global partners mark the day with activities to focus attention on the fact that prematurity affects 15 million babies worldwide and is responsible for the deaths of more than one million babies before their first birthday. Learn more and find out how you can help at facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay.

About March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit peristats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.