US rank drops in annual State of the World’s Mothers Report

Save the Children released their annual State of the World’s Mothers Report today.  The report indicates the best places for mothers to live and is based on indicators of women’s and children’s health and well-being, including access to education, access to health care, maternity leave policies, and economic opportunities.

Topping the list as the best places for mothers to live (in order from best to worst) are Norway, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.

The United States fell one position, from 27th place in 2009 to 28th place in 2010, largely as a result of its mortality rate – 1 in 4,800. This rate is one of the highest in the developed world. The press release also points out that the US “also ranks behind many other wealthy nations in terms of generosity of maternity leave policies.” Boy, don’t I know it .

Why did I move away from Germany, again?

It could always be worse, though. At least I don’t live in Afghanistan. According to the report, this is the worst place in the world to live if you are a mother.

In Afghanistan, child mortality rates are 1 in 4. In comparison, in Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Sweden, only 1 child in 333 dies before his or her fifth birthday. Most females in Afghanistan receive less than five years of education, compared to more than 20 years in New Zealand and Australia. The risk of dying during childbirth is 1 in 8 in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in Ireland, the risk is 1 in 47,600.

You can read the press release here, and the full report here

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2 Comments on “US rank drops in annual State of the World’s Mothers Report”

  1. Saffy Says:

    Whoop Whoop Top 5 🙂 As for the US’s “generosity” r.e. mat leave policies? Heck, Scrooge is looking like Santa in comparison 😉

    I’ve met some lovely people from Afghanistan who’ve settled here – their families got out when the Taliban took grip. A shame – apparently such a glorious country with well educated, wealthy sections of society prior to more recent events. Agreed – I wouldn’t want to have a child there – especially given our ‘special needs’.

  2. Sweets Says:

    Thanks for this link. Gonna try make some time at work to read ;). Just had a quick look and see that my country (South Africa) is ranked 16th in Tier 2 (Less developed countries). Interestingly I found when speaking to people from other countries I have gotten much better maternity benefits (6 months full pay, full benefits, with leave accumulation…)from the company I work for (which is South African), and also felt I got better medical treatment. But then I do have access to private healthcare, so it may not count in the grand scheme of things….


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