The Hudson David McNeel Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness and funds that will help support premature lives and lower the overall odds of premature deliveries. Did you know that 1,400 babies are born prematurely in the United States every single day? That is one out of every eight births. Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death and over 15 million babies globally are born prematurely each year. In over 40% of these cases, the cause is unknown.