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.
Amazing portraits of premature kids, holding pictures of their tiny former selves
AméliaBorn at just 26 weeks, how precious is she?Red Méthot
FelixHe was born at 23 weeks but check out how strong he is now. Amazing.Red Méthot
LexianiThis gorgeous girl was born at 25 weeks.Red Méthot
Noah and NathanBorn at 32 weeks, these two cutie-pies are so darned handsome.Red Méthot
FélixThis little darling was born at 24 weeks.Red Méthot
OlivierBorn at 31 weeks, this dude is going to be breaking hearts in no time. Red Méthot
ChloéShe was born at 32 weeks and it looks like she's thriving. Go, girl. Red Méthot
ThomasBorn at an astonishing 23 weeks — look at him now. Red Méthot
ThomasThis handsome devil was born at 29 weeks.Red Méthot
AndréannePerhaps the most inspiring, she was born at 32 weeks and at the time of this photo, was 26 weeks pregnant.Red Méthot