The Ten Best And Worst Places To Be A Mom
Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers Report for 2011 was just recently released. The report looks at factors...
Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers Report for 2011 was just recently released. The report looks at factors such as health, education and economic conditions in 164 countries. With this information, the report is able to tell us where the best and worst places are, if you happen to be a mom. The best place to be a mom? That honor goes to Norway. Norway wins best place to be, because it performed as well as or better than other countries in the rankings on all indicators. According to the report, Norway, "Has the highest ratio of female-to-male earned income, the highest contraceptive prevalence rate, one of the lowest under-5 mortality rates and one of the most generous maternity leave policies in the developed world." The next nine best places to live, after Norway, are shown below.
- New Zealand
- Central African Republic
- DR Congo
"Conditions for mothers and their children in the bottom countries are grim. On average, 1 woman in 30 will die from pregnancy-related causes. One child in 6 dies before his or her fifth birthday, and 1 child in 3 suffers from malnutrition. Nearly 50 percent of the population lacks access to safe water and only 4 girls for every 5 boys are enrolled in primary school."Not surprisingly, the United States didn't come close to the top ten best places to be a mom. The United States came in at #31 among the 43 developed countries ranked. We'll look at why the USA ranked so low tomorrow. For now, you can check out the State of the World's Mothers Report at Save the Children. If you're interested in mamas and babies around the world, but on a lighter note, I recommend the movie Babies.