See Homeless and Poor Pregnant Teens Pose Shame-Free

Keri Vaca

Maternity photographer Keri Vaca is helping to destigmatize teen pregnancy by taking portraits of homeless young mothers-to-be, free of charge.

Vaca has been volunteering her Small Miracles Photography services to San Francisco’s Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), a nonprofit center for impoverished women, for the last 7 years.

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While Vaca, 45, photographs mothers of all ages through HPP, she doesn’t shy away from capturing those special moments for one of the most shamed mothers in the country: teenagers.

“My mom was a high school senior when she was pregnant with me. She was not homeless, but it is not like everyone was jumping for joy,” Vaca told Latina.  “She has two photos from her pregnancy. … It is not something most people feel should be celebrated."

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Raquel Reichard, Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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