The 10 Best (and Worst) Places to Be a Mother

Suzanne Murray
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To commemorate Mother's Day, Save the Children is publishing its annual State of the World's Mothers report.

The report includes an index that ranks the best and worst places to be a mother. The ranking is based on an analysis of women's and children's health and well-being in 160 countries.

No surprise: The findings show that providing mothers with access to education, economic opportunities, and health care gives them and their children the best chance to survive -- and thrive.

The best place to be a mother? Norway. The worst? Afghanistan.

Take a look and see what other countries are on the lists.

The top 10 best places to be a mother:

1. Norway

2. Australia

3. Iceland

4. Sweden

5. Denmark

6. New Zealand

7. Finland

8. The Netherlands

9. Belgium

10. Germany

The worst 10 places to be a mother:

1. Afghanistan

2. Niger

3. Chad

4. Guinea-Bissau

5. Yemen

6. Democratic Republic of Congo

7. Mali

8. Sudan

9. Eritrea

10. Equatorial Guinea

So where's the good ol' USA? It's number 28 on the list. That's down from 27 in 2009, primarily because our country's rate for maternal mortality (1 in 4,800) is one of the highest in the developed world.

The US also ranks behind many other wealthy nations in terms of the generosity of maternity leave policies.

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