[Leslie Carol Botha: According to a newly released Motherhood Report - U.S. mother's health lags behind the health of women in other European countries. Diet, environment, validation, affirmation, health, and education all come into play.]
U.S. Moms Die at Higher Rate than Irish, Italian
By Samantha Kimmey
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Scandinavian nations continue to dominate the annual healthy motherhood rankings by Save the Children. This year Niger came in last, just behind Afghanistan. The United States rose six spots because of girls’ access to education, not better health.
(WOMENSENEWS)–Pregnancy and motherhood can bring joy and or apprehension, medical complications and even death, depending on where one lives in the world.
That’s according to a May 8 global ranking of motherhood by Save the Children, the Westport, Conn., group that works in the United States and worldwide to improve the lives of children through food, medical care, education and more.
The United States rose six spots from 2011 to 25th place, largely due to a 10-percent increase in female enrollment in pre-kindergarten programs, as well as a one year increase in the average number of years girls spend in school. But it still lags far behind other wealthy nations in overall status of women, said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.
“A woman in the U.S. is more than seven times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related cause in her lifetime than a woman in Italy or Ireland,” Miles said in a press statement. “When it comes to the number of children enrolled in preschools or the political status of women, the United States also places in the bottom 10 countries of the developed world.”
Norway took the top spot for the third straight year in “Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom,” with other Nordic countries following on its heels, according to the Save the Children ranking. Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Finland took second, third, fifth and sixth place, respectively.
New Zealand and Australia were the only non-European countries to crack the top 10.
The report ranked 165 countries on mother’s health, education and economic status, as well as child health and nutrition.