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Then and now: Preemies hold up photos of their tiny selves

Premature babies have to spend the beginning of their lives struggling to thrive. But look at them now!

Photo: Red Méthot via Facebook

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Red Méthot (aka RedM), a photographer from Quebec, has a new photo series that celebrates how far premature babies have come.

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Las Premas (The Premature Babies) is a collection of portraits featuring both children and adults who were born prematurely posing with a black-and-white image of their former, tiny selves.

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Look at them now with their chubby cheeks and adorable smiles! Amazing to see them so big and healthy.

RedM, whose two children were born prematurely, hopes the project will help people understand prematurity and give parents who are currently struggling the courage and hope they deserve.

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Those days, weeks, sometimes months in the NICU are terrifying, overwhelming and filled with what-ifs for parents. But, hopefully these photos can provide a ray of hope.

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

Photo: Red Méthot (RedM) via Facebook

You can check out the rest of his powerful portraits on his facebook page.

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