When a baby is born prematurely, terrified parents often worry for their little one's life.
But a new campaign showing now-big kids holding photos of themselves as teeny-tiny infants is meant to inspire parents to look forward to their family's life outside the NICU doors.
Started by the L'il Aussie Prems Foundation, an organization that provides support the parents of preemies and sick newborns, the #foot4prems project was launched in advance of the organization's "Wear Green for Preemies Day" on April 13. A premature baby is defined as a baby born before 37 weeks' gestation.
Several of the babies -- now kids -- featured thus far were born at fewer than 30 weeks' gestation, a fact hard to believe seeing them detached from tubes and out in the world.
Poppy was born at 31+3 weeks weighing about 2.5 pounds. Photo: Lil Aussie Prems Foundation.
Celine was born at 34+4 weeks weighing a little over 5 pounds. Photo: Lil Aussie Prems Foundation.
Israel was born at 30 weeks weighing about 3.5 pounds and spent the first few years of his life in and out of hospital. Photo: Lil Aussie Prems Foundation.
More photos can be found on the organization's Facebook page.