The United States is not a great place to be a mother, according to this year’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report put out by nonprofit Save the Children. We came in 28th place out 160 ranked countries, far below leaders Norway and Australia, and behind almost all of Western Europe, according to the New York Times.
The top reason for America’s low placement: consistently high maternal mortality rates despite technological advances and a relatively high quality of health care nationwide. The country was also dinged due to poor maternity leave provisions and benefit packages.
The lowest ranking countries on the list are concentrated in Africa and the Middle East, where medical and even traditional birth attendant training is poor. Afghanistan came in last place.
Save the Children bases its ranking, called the Mother’s Index, on several factors: womne’s health care, nutrition, education and political engagement.
Here’s an executive summary of the report (download PDF).