When you’re planning a pregnancy – like I have been for the past 13 months – you think of every detail: birth month, school districts, neighborhoods, daycare centers, money, names, college savings, cloth or disposable, discipline styles – the list goes on and on.
Living in America, one thing I hadn’t considered was the over all well-being of becoming a mother in this country. I mean, this is America. Women have babies here all the time. Surely, we’ve got it good, right?
Perhaps not as good as we think.
When I came across the CNN article that stated that the good ol’ U.S. of A. ranks a measly 30 out of 176 countries by Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mother Report, I was shocked. According to the CNN article, countries were ranked ”according to five indicators of a mother’s well-being: maternal health (the risk of maternal mortality); children’s well-being (the mortality rate of children under five); educational status (number of years of formal schooling a woman receives); and political status (the participation of women in national government).” What’s more, the United States performed “poorly in under-five mortality rates, maternal death, and political participation, compared to other highly-developed countries.”
So, if the US is doing so poorly, what countries are doing the best? And while there’s a lot of room for improvement, many other countries are a lot worse off than America.
Read more of Aela’s writing at Two Moms Make a Right