You probably think that the U.S. is tops when it comes to health care. After all, we have some of the best hospitals—and doctors—in the world. But according to a new report, that may not actually be the case—especially when it comes to the health and wellbeing of moms and babies.
In its 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report, Save the Children ranked the best and worst countries to be a mom, while also focusing on highlighting the health-care disparities between the rich and the poor.
One of the things that the nonprofit organization specifically looked at was the infant mortality rate across the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. They found that Las Vegas had the lowest rate, with 2.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. San Jose, Seattle, San Diego, and Tucson also had very low infant mortality rates.
Baltimore, Detroit, and Cleveland, meanwhile, had the highest rates, with Cleveland coming in dead last with 14.1 deaths per 1,000 live births. Plus, Save the Children also found that Washington D.C. had the highest infant mortality rate out of 25 wealthy capital cities they analyzed across the world. Not such good news, is it?
Globally, the U.S. sadly didn’t even crack list of top 10 countries in Save the Children’s Mothers’ Index Rankings. Instead, it came in just 33rd place out of 179 countries featured in the report. What’s more, the organization said that America actually has the highest maternal death rate (meaning pregnancy-related death) of any developed country in the world, with 1 in 1,800. Whoa.
So which countries did top the list? Norway, Finland, and Iceland came in first, second, and third, thanks to high scores for mothers’ and children’s health, educational, economic, and political status. (Hmmm…Is there any way we can book a one-way ticket to one of these places, pronto?) On the flip side, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia were at the very bottom, due to the high instance of maternal death and child mortality rates (specifically for children under 5).
The takeaway? No matter where you live, it’s super important to take care of yourself and visit your doc regularly, especially when you’re pregnant. It could truly save your—and your new baby’s—life.
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