U.S. Not So Great For Moms
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing moms out there in Care2-land. I want to take a moment to tell you how wonderful you all are, and how hard you all work. Harder than anyone knows, I suspect.
Especially if you are living in the United States.
Yes, Save the Children has released its annual report on the best countries in the world, and sadly, the U.S. did not crack the top 10.
Or the top 20.
In fact, it barely even made the top 30.
Dragging down the United States among its “developed” counterparts: High rates of maternal mortality (1 in 4,800) and infant mortality (8 per 1,000), low pre-school enrollment (61%) and one of the least generous maternity-leave policies in terms of duration and pay.
“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.
As for infant mortality, “At this rate, a child in the US is more than twice as likely as a child in Finland, Iceland, Sweden or Singapore to die before his or her fifth birthday.”
Also huge factors in our sad, sad mommy-friendly number is our meager maternity leave policies (“Oooh, I can have 12 weeks of leave as long as I don’t mind not getting paid? Thanks a TON!”), our lack of complete access to contraceptives (thanks, conscience clause!) and our gender based wage gap.
Not mentioned, but something that should also be factored in, is our utter lack of paid sick leave, forcing mothers to take unpaid time off to care for their children when they are ill, or even better, send them off the school or daycare for a bit where they can then infect lots of other children who then get to be sent home ill to parents who have to take unpaid time off to care for them.
To see the full list of rankings, click here. At least, if nothing else, at #28 we can feel utterly superior to Pakistan.