Report: Finland is best place to be a mother
Save the Children has come out with its State of the World's Mothers Index, and the results are startling.
By: Emma Waverman (follow her on Twitter)
Finland and other Nordic countries are ranked the best places to be a mother, according to a report from Save the Children, an organization that promotes children's rights.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the most dangerous place to give birth, the report finds, and if you are pregnant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, you have a one in 30 chance of not living through the birth.
I have recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where I toured three SOS Children's Villages. A number of the orphaned children that I met ended up in care because their mothers had died in childbirth. It sounded outlandish to me that dying in childbirth is so common. There must be a way to make it better. And there is.
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The Save the Children report shows that we have work to do as well, especially in the North. Canada ranks at 22 on the Best Places to Be a Mother, behind the Scandinavian countries but a little ahead of the United States and Britain. But Canada has the second-highest rate of newborn deaths in the industrialized world, ahead of the United States. A high proportion of those deaths are in the North and among indigenous populations.
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The report looked at five factors to determine the Mother's Index ranking, including breastfeeding support, mother's education, gross domestic product, political participation of women, and chance of survival during pregnancy.
Some other startling stats:
- Every year, 40 million women give birth at home without the help of a skilled birth attendant.
- Every day, 800 women die during pregnancy or childbirth, and 8,000 newborn babies die during their first month of life.
- Newborn deaths account for 43 percent of all deaths among children under age 5.
Photo: Finland mother / Garron Nicholls/Getty Images
I'm tired of the disrespect parents get in the USA.
No pride in parenting, for sure, mostly because, I'm sure, it doesn't turn a profit.
Very few parents I've met actually want to take the actual time it takes for a family to raise its own children when there are plenty of women out there ready and willing to take the job over for them...I assume it is mostly women because it is cheaper by about $3K-7K a year to hire them...and from my old babysitting days, when I got castigated for charging $1.50/hour for watching a child, doing the dishes and vaccumming, I know how much parents really resent having to pay good money to have someone else raise their children all day long for them. (Some kids are in daycare for twelve hours a day!)
On the other hand, those who dare to afford a Stay At Home Parent pay a far greater price for going against the norm than those who choose to have their babies while they are still more interested in working for pay. (Believe me, I get to talk to plenty of Stay At Home Parents who really would rather be doing something else than raising their own children...and...it reflects in the children.) I won't go into great depth, but in our case, it means giving up the house.
Unfortunately, the only move I can talk my spouse in to is one closer to the parents...maybe by the time the kid hits middle school we can move to a country that actually cares about its kids and its parents? Hmmmmmm
All these organizations are somewhat corrupt. Look at all the money we have given to the cancer fund,wouldn't you think by now we would have a cure? We have races for this and races for that and still no cure for anything.We should use all the money we spend on war and other countries and then
our health care system would be outstanding!
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