United States Is Not The Best Place To Be A Mom
Yesterday we started talking about the new report from Save the Children - the State of the World's Mothers Report...
Yesterday we started talking about the new report from Save the Children - the State of the World's Mothers Report for 2011. This report covers the best and worst places in the world (currently) to be a mother. Sadly, the United States, for a developed, and supposedly forward thinking place, scored very poorly, coming in at #31 among the 43 developed countries ranked. Considering our wealth in this country, our assumed access to health care and other perks, why didn't America rate better? If you already happen to be an advocate for women's health or an advocate for families in general; most of the answers below won't surprise you - they sure didn't shock me. Save the Children notes that the United States ranked poorly because of the following... Mothers in the USA die a lot: A key indicators used to calculate mama well-being is the lifetime risk of maternal mortality. The United States ranks very badly when it comes to maternal mortality. The USA scores 1 in 2,100, which is the highest rate of mother deaths of any industrialized nation. Only three Tier I developed countries – Albania, the Russian Federation and Moldova – performed worse than the United States when it comes to maternal mortality. To put this rate more in perspective, the report points out that:
"A woman in the U.S. is more than 7 times as likely as a woman in Italy or Ireland to die from pregnancy-related causes and her risk of maternal death is 15-fold that of a woman in Greece."Children in the USA die more than they should: Many other developed countries fare better than the United States when it comes to child-under-5 mortality. The U.S. under-5 mortality rate is 8 per 1,000 births. A full forty countries have fewer child deaths (under-5) than the USA. For example, a child in the USA is more than twice as likely as a child in Finland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Singapore or Sweden to die before reaching the age of 5 years. Terrible maternity leave: Hands down, the United States has the worst maternity leave policy – both in terms of duration and percent of wages paid – of any wealthy nation. There were other indicators that the USA failed at, such as the political status of women and children enrolled in preschool, but the issues above were the biggies. Learn more in the links below:
- Why are women dying while pregnant?
- United States is the one and only industrialized nation with zero paid maternity leave
- Pregnancy-related deaths on the rise, c-sections a big contributor
- Know your mama rights
- 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies
- How to afford maternity leave
- Health insurance rights during pregnancy
- Stop pregnancy discrimination at work