These preterm baby glow up photos will definitely make you cry

Elise Solé
Yahoo Lifestyle
World Prematurity Day is observed each year to raise awareness for the littlest fighters. (Photo: Getty Images)
World Prematurity Day is observed each year to raise awareness for the littlest fighters. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nurses and doctors around the world are getting a virtual hug in honor of World Prematurity Day, a yearly observance in which parents share photos of their healthy children who were born early.

The event, held each year on November 17th, serves to recognize the 15 million babies born premature (before the 37th week of pregnancy). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the complications from premature birth are the leading cause of death among kids under the age of 5. There’s no clear-cut reason some babies are born early — according to WHO, most occur spontaneously — and complications for those kids include physical and learning disabilities.

While affordable pre-and-post-natal care and skin-to-skin contact are a few ways to prevent and treat preterm births, parents are also doing their part to raise awareness.

On Friday, for inspiration, people shared photos of their adorable children who flourished despite being born prematurely.

Today is World Prematurity Day, which is a good time to again thank Keith's nurses and doctors for making all this…

Posted by Kevin Carr O'Leary on Thursday, November 17, 2016


I share it every year because although we in the medical field have come far… there are still advances to make!…

Posted by Brenda Cole Baxley on Friday, November 17, 2017


November is Prematurity Awareness Month but today is National Prematurity Day!!!! I am proud parent of a Mirco Preemie….

Posted by Nikita HiddenTreasure Washington on Friday, November 17, 2017


November 17th….National Prematurity Day.Today we celebrate our not-so-little baby who arrived 7 weeks early, and…

Posted by Kelly O'Barr on Friday, November 17, 2017

Danas se, sedmu godinu za redom, obeležava Svetski dan prevremeno rođenih beba, a udruženja roditelja i profesionalne organizacije se trude da obeležavanjem ovog dana usmere pažnju na probleme tih beba i njihovih roditelja. … Oko 15 miliona dece u svetu svake godine se rodi pre termina, a jedan milion beba ne preživi. Učestalost prevremenog porođaja oko 10%. Moj mali heroj je rodjena sa samo 850grama a danas je zdrava petogodisnja devojcica sto zelimo svim bebama koji jos uvek biju svoju najvecu bitku #worldprematureday #5yearsago #lifeismiracle #850gr #littlefighter #worldprematurityday #november17 #wearingviolet #premature #prematurebaby #proudpreemiemom #malidiv

A post shared by Maja Kalaver (Unfeter) (@majaunfeter) on Nov 17, 2017 at 10:01am PST

Today is #worldprematurityday , and it's something that is near and dear to my heart and a cause I happily support. My son, Tyler was a premie, and the amazing charity; @marchofdimessc was there for my son when he was born. It was a great help for us, and I'd recommend supporting this charity and cause! #giveback #premie #marchofdimes #charity #yeahthatgreenville #realtor #girlboss

A post shared by Stephanie Burger (@stephanieburgerrealestate) on Nov 17, 2017 at 9:59am PST

Then and now #lookhowfaryouhavecome #prematurityawareness #worldprematurityday #hanlie #santie #twins #proudpreemiemom

A post shared by Mari Loubser (@mari_loubser) on Nov 17, 2017 at 9:59am PST

Today is World Prematurity Day. These two are a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and goodness. They were 8 weeks early and weighed in at 3 lb 6 oz and 4 lb 1 oz. Today we have 2 healthy girls who love life. We are blessed! #worldprematurityday #makennareese #morganpaige

A post shared by Kara Gore (@kgore) on Nov 17, 2017 at 9:57am PST

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