Mother's Day 2013: Where's the Worst Place to Be a Mother?

Save The Children has released a report just in time for Mother's Day listing the best and worst countries to be a mom. Although the Scandinavian countries dominate the top of the list, with Finland coming in first followed by Sweden and Norway, Sub-Saharan African countries form a cluster at the bottom. Congo comes in last place:  


For an industrialized nation, the United States aren't faring very well. The country ranks 30th, mostly because it has the highest infant mortality rate in the western world. Save The Children reports that "Every year here, 11,500 newborns die the same day they are born. Lack of universal health care is implicated, and it may be that the numbers will start to improve over the coming years."


Source: BBC

Another important finding from the report concerns India, a country that has experienced a financial boom but that has consistently done very little to improve maternal health. The report notes that "economic growth has been impressive but the benefits have been shared unequally." As it stands, India has the worst maternal mortality rate in the world. More than 56,000 maternal deaths occur every year. 

Read the full report and let me know what you think on Twitter: @feministabulous

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Elizabeth Plank

Elizabeth is a Senior Correspondent at Mic and the host of Flip the Script.

MORE FROM

‘New York Times’ interview sparks latest wave of GOP frustration with Trump

The President’s “disturbing” comments on Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew sharp rebukes from his own party.

Jordan Edwards’ mother speaks out after Monday’s indictment of the officer who killed her son

“We will not allow Jordan’s death to be another statistic.”

Trump keeps saying he wants to “let Obamacare fail.” How would that happen?

There are several ways the administration could sabotage the law, experts said.

AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

Trump's proposed budget cuts could be detrimental for those living with HIV.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in prison

After serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Black Lives Matter activists respond to the police shooting of Justine Damond

“Some white people don’t feel the tragedy until one of them is murdered.”

‘New York Times’ interview sparks latest wave of GOP frustration with Trump

The President’s “disturbing” comments on Jeff Sessions and Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew sharp rebukes from his own party.

Jordan Edwards’ mother speaks out after Monday’s indictment of the officer who killed her son

“We will not allow Jordan’s death to be another statistic.”

Trump keeps saying he wants to “let Obamacare fail.” How would that happen?

There are several ways the administration could sabotage the law, experts said.

AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

Trump's proposed budget cuts could be detrimental for those living with HIV.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nine years in prison

After serving nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery, OJ Simpson was granted parole in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Black Lives Matter activists respond to the police shooting of Justine Damond

“Some white people don’t feel the tragedy until one of them is murdered.”