US Ranks Lower Than Some Third World Countries on 'Best Place to Be a Mother' List

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Think the United States is the best place for mothers and children? Think again. According to the annual State of the World’s Mothers report from Save the Children, the United States ranks 33rd out of 179 countries for its resources and care for mothers and their kids, nationwide.


According to the report, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, and Sweden make up the top five, while America falls solidly 30 spots behind these front runners. Meanwhile, Somalia ranks last and is joined by DR Congo, Central African Republic, Mali, and Niger in the bottom five.

Last year, the United States ranked 30th. The year before that, 25th. It has not been in the top 10 since 2006.

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The report's findings show that over the course of a woman's lifetime, her risk of maternal death (death during pregnancy or childbirth) is one in 1,800. While that's among the lowest rates in the world (Somalia, for example, has a rate of one in 18), it's also not as low as Belarus, which has a rate of one in 45,200.

Similarly, the U.S. has an under-5 mortality rate (the rate that a child will die before the age of five) of 6.9 per 1,000 live births. The startling number isn't as high as Angola's (167.4 in 1,000 births), but not as low as Luxembourg's (2 in 1,000). Clearly, we still have a way to go.

The report shows that the United States, while advanced in many ways, still has many strides to take to ensure a mother and child's well-being. The urban mothers, especially, see the biggest health care gaps compared to mothers in different parts of the world, and we need to do more to help them, and the children.

Are you surprised by the United States' ranking?


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