When we talk about National Prematurity Awareness Month, we often focus on the amazing preemies that fight so hard to survive in the beginning of their life. But it's also important to remember the parents that surround them with love and hope for their bright futures.
We asked the HuffPost Parents community to share photos of themselves with their preemies in the NICU, and to tell us how they were feeling in that moment. "I didn't know how long our NICU journey would be, what hurdles we'd face, how our lives were going to change," wrote Erin Armknecht, mom of a preemie. "But in this moment, the first time I held my baby I'd prayed and waited and hoped so, so long for, I knew it would all be worth it." Check out the photos below of parents with their preemies in the NICU, and learn more about how preemies are completely inspiring.
Check out more amazing photos of preemies and their parents below: