U.S. Scores Poorly in World Motherhood Rankings

Yes, the U.S. is lagging far behind many 2nd and 3rd world countries when it comes to maternal and child health.

According to the "Mothers Index" done by the charity Save the Children

The U.S. showing put it behind countries such as the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and eastern and central European states such as Croatia and Slovenia.Even debt-plagued Greece came in four places higher at 24.

Save the Children compiled the index after analyzing a range of factors affecting the health and well-being of women and children, including access to health care, education and economic opportunities.

One factor that dragged the U.S. ranking down was its maternal mortality rate, which at one in 4,800 is one of the highest in the developed world.

"A woman in the Unites States is more than five times as likely as a woman in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece or Italy to die from pregnancy-related causes in her lifetime and her risk of maternal death is nearly 10-fold that of a woman in Ireland," the report said.

It also scored poorly on under-five mortality, its rate of eight per 1,000 births putting it on a par with Slovakia and Montenegro.

"At this rate, a child in the U.S. is more than twice as likely as a child in Finland, Iceland, Sweden or Singapore to die before his or her fifth birthday," the report noted

It is obvious that we need to do better.  Making healthier choices is a grass roots movement in the U.S.  You can't afford to wait for the government and medical institutions to do that for you.

My advice to you is to look at the countries who have the highest rankings in mortality and other health arenas and mimic what they are doing.  Clearly, they have it more figured out than we do.

For more information on a healthy pregnancy, please visit Birthologie.com

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