In the U.S. alone, about 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year. These babies, delivered before 37 weeks in the womb, can face many risks during their first weeks of life, as they may weigh less than average, and their organs may not be fully developed.
But thanks to the love of family, caretakers and neonatal intensive care (NICU), more and more infants have a fighting chance to develop healthily, and grow up with few or no related issues later in life. Still, it can be a scary time for parents going through the experience, so one Quebec-based photographer named Red Méthot, aka RedM, decided to do something to help ease these fears.
Méthot, who has two children born premature, created a photography series called Les Premas where he documents before-and-after pictures of children born premature. Upon seeing the kids, one might never even know any faced health risks early in life.
"My intention with this project is to show people what prematurity is, fight against some prejudices and send a big message of hope to parents going through a tough time," Méthot told A Plus in an email.
The result is something that sends a positive message to any family going through this trying experience. Take a look at the powerful photographs below with captions translated from Méthot's Facebook:
1. Emile, born at 26 weeks
2. Margot, born at 29 weeks.
3. Felix, born at 23 weeks, and brother Alexis, born at almost 33 weeks
4. Eva, born at 29 weeks
5. Theo, born at 25 weeks
6. Noah and Nathan, born at 32 weeks
7. Lexiani, born at 25 weeks
8. Felix, born at 24 weeks
9. Zachary, born at 27 weeks
10. Noah, born at 32 weeks. His twin sister, Victoria (left), died at one month
11. Charles, born at 26 weeks
12. Julie, born two months early, and her son Kevin, born at 34 weeks
13. Thomas, born at 23 weeks
14. Alice, born at 27 weeks
15. Tamica (26 weeks pregnant in the photo), born at 32 weeks
(H/T: Bored Panda)
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