I think it’s safe to say that for most of us, when we become pregnant we picture the perfect 9 months in our head. We envisage delivering our healthy babies at exactly term and we don’t worry about any possible complications. However, many of us know all too well that isn’t always the case, and many times our babies are born prematurely, forcing these tiny little human beings to battle hard during their first few months and years of life.
A Quebec photographer by the name of Red Méthot has created a new portrait exhibit titled Les Premás (The Preemies) which shows people who were born prematurely now holding pictures of what they looked like when they were born.
The touching photos show you just how hard these babies had to fight to grow in to the strong, healthy people they are today. The photo series showcases mostly children but does also feature some adults as well. On his facebook page Red writes he created this photo series writing ‘This album shows portraits of people born prematurely that have sometimes had a difficult journey at the beginning of life. They are photographed holding in their hands an image of them taken during this period. You can see what they have become.’
It’s amazing that some of these babies were born at just 23 weeks gestation, yet are these bright, healthy, happy looking children today. These photos are really a true testament to the strength babies have to persevere and heal. Take a look at some of Red’s amazing photos below – you can see all of the pictures in his Les Premás series on his Facebook page here.