The U.S. is the 25th Best Place to be a Mom
Even though we are a country that supposedly values the family, we suck when it comes to putting those beliefs into practice:
Just in time for Mother’s Day, an annual ranking of the best and worst countries in which to be a mom puts the USA in 25th place, up from 31st last year.
The improvement in the USA’s rank is due largely to increases in its already high educational status, which benefits the economic potential of women and mothers, says Carolyn Miles, president of the charity.
The USA still performs below average overall and quite poorly on a number of measures, Miles says, including:
•Lifetime risk of dying from childbirth. Mothers in the USA face a one-in-2,100 risk of maternal death, the highest of any industrialized nation.
•Mortality rate of children. The death rate for children younger than 5 is eight per 1,000 births, on par with Bosnia and Herzegovina. A child in the USA is four times as likely as a child in Iceland to die before age 5. Forty countries performed better than the U.S.
•Maternity leave policies. Policies in the USA are among the least generous of any wealthy nation. It is the only developed country, and one of only a handful of countries in the world, that does not guarantee working mothers paid leave. “The U.S. has moved up, but it’s still not great, falling near the bottom among most wealthy nations,” Miles says.
This is the kind of thing I think of when I hear people yell, “USA! USA! USA! We’re No. 1!”