November 17th is World Prematurity Day. Today we reflect on all the little warriors in the NICU. Approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year. These little warriors miss out on important growth and development that happens in the confines of the protective uterus. They struggle in the harsh environment of the NICU. Many of these babies have short-term and long-term health issues. The March of Dimes encourages people to wear purple today to know that there is still much to learn to help prevent premature births.