17 photos of adorable kids who were born prematurely, now holding their own baby pictures
Every single day, babies across the world are born prematurely, which means that they’re born before 37 weeks of gestation.
In Canada, about 29,000 infants are born prematurely each year, roughly 1 in every 13. But in the United States, around 400,000 to 500,000 are born early. That’s about 1 in every 8 to 10 babies born in the U.S.!
Red Méthot, a Canadian photographer and student, decided to capture the resilience of many of these kids for a school photography project.
He’s the father of two prematurely born kids himself, so the topic is important to him.
“My son was born at 29 weeks and my daughter at 33 weeks,” he told me in a phone interview. “These are the kind of pictures I would like to have seen when my first child was born — they’ve been through that, and they are great now.”
Méthot said he knows not all preemie stories have a happy ending — one of his photos features a child whose twin passed away after they were born prematurely — but for so many kids who come early, they go on to experience a great life.
Meet several of the beautiful kids he photographed!
Méthot’s school project originally consisted of 10 photos, but the reaction has been so positive and he’s enjoyed taking them so much, he continued adding to the collection.
Currently, he has captured 50 images. (You can view them all in the album on his Facebook page!). Méthot told me that his favorite part of the project has been meeting the subjects.
“Each time I meet a new person, I [learn] about a new story,” he said.
And I think we can all agree that Méthot is a wonderful storyteller through his photography. Between his photos showing the bright future so many premature babies have and his photo showing the loss, he captures reality beautifully.
This article originally appeared on November 6, 2015
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