Save the Children has issued its annual report on mothers and newborns. The best place to be a mother? Finland! The worst? The Congo.
The US only ranks 30th, with the worst infant mortality rate in the industrialized world. Every year here, 11,500 newborns die the same day they are born. Lack of universal health care is implicated, and it may be that the numbers will start to improve over the coming years.
But India, where women have low status and there is little social safety net, has 56,000 maternal deaths a year– the worst record in the world.
But subsaharan Africa is where the worst situations for mothers cluster.