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The magic number is 39 weeks. At least that’s what doctors consider full-term in baby speak. 37 and 38 weeks, respectively, are safe as well. Anything before 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature but thanks to modern medicine, babies born before then are still able to grow and thrive just like children who went all the way. But that’s not to say the beginning wouldn’t be a fight.

Red Méthot, a Quebec City photographer, wanted to capture the strength of these special kids with a portrait series. Since he’s the father of two kids who were born prematurely, he knew exactly how to make an impact: by featuring prematurely born children holding photos of themselves as newborns.

The poignant series, which Méthot published on Facebook, is called “Les Prémas,” which loosely translates to “The Preemies.” And the photos are stunning — and quite the beautiful contrast; the kids, in vibrant colours, looking happy and healthy versus the framed black-and-white portraits of them confined to incubators and hooked up to life-saving tubes.