An Annotated Guide to the Best and Worst Places in the World for Moms

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Thinking about having a baby? You might want to take a look at this map to figure out where you should pursue the motherhood journey.


Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization promoting children's rights, has just released its annual report State of the World's Mothers. The index gauges the conditions of mothers on five different criteria—maternal health, the mortality rate of children under five; economic status; number of years of formal schooling for women; and women's participation in national government—in nearly every country in the world, and then ranks them accordingly.

Scandinavia is the best place in the world to be mother, while Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the worst. Check out the annotated map above for more info.


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Tracie Egan Morrissey

The U.S. ranked 30th in the list, performing poorly in mortality rates of children under five, maternal death, and political participation compared to other developed countries. In fact, the U.S. has the highest first-day death rate for newborns in the industrialized world. According to the report, an estimated 11,300 newborns die on the day they are born each year, which is 50% more first-day deaths than all other industrialized countries combined.