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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.

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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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This article was originally published on Sep 30, 2015

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