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USA is 25th best place to be a mom
« on: May 09, 2012, 11:36:10 PM »

Just in time for Mother's Day, an annual ranking of the best and worst countries in which to be a mom puts the USA in 25th place, up from 31st last year.

The 13th annual State of the World's Mothers report by the Save the Children foundation, out today, examines the well-being of mothers and their children in 165 countries, based on a range of measures, including mothers' education, infant mortality and breastfeeding rates.

Norway tops the overall list of best places to be a mother and ranks among the very best on contraceptive use, female education and political representation. It has one of the most generous maternity leave policies in the developed world.

The improvement in the USA's rank is due largely to increases in its already high educational status, which benefits the economic potential of women and mothers, says Carolyn Miles, president of the charity.

The USA still performs below average overall and quite poorly on a number of measures, Miles says, including:

•Lifetime risk of dying from childbirth. Mothers in the USA face a one-in-2,100 risk of maternal death, the highest of any industrialized nation.

•Mortality rate of children. The death rate for children younger than 5 is eight per 1,000 births, on par with Bosnia and Herzegovina. A child in the USA is four times as likely as a child in Iceland to die before age 5. Forty countries performed better than the U.S.

•Maternity leave policies. Policies in the USA are among the least generous of any wealthy nation. It is the only developed country, and one of only a handful of countries in the world, that does not guarantee working mothers paid leave. "The U.S. has moved up, but it's still not great, falling near the bottom among most wealthy nations," Miles says.

Niger, in Western Africa, is last on the index. It is in the grip of a worsening hunger situation, threatening the lives of a million children, Miles says.

The child mortality rate in Niger is one in six, vs. one in 333 in Norway, offering "the starkest contrast that you can see" between two countries, she says.

The report emphasizes nutrition as a key factor in determining mothers' and their children's well-being. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 2.6 million child deaths each year, it says. An additional 171 million children suffer stunted growth. "Nearly 1 million lives could be saved by breastfeeding alone," Miles says.

The findings should serve "as a fire alarm to countries and people to look at this situation and draw them together to come up with an action plan," says Jennifer Requejo, a maternal and infant health researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She was not involved in the research.
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