My friend and fellow NeW member, Melissa, came across an article yesterday that reported on the results of the world motherhood rankings. The index, compiled by Save the Children, a charity organization, ranked the United States in 28th place, the lowest among developed countries.
Several factors contributed to America’s low score, including maternal mortality rate. In the United States, the statistic is one in 4,800.
In addition, the index also considered child mortality rate and the percent of children enrolled in preschool. On these counts, the U.S. is well behind the majority of the developed world. According to the report,
The report also noted that maternity leave and policies in place to help working mothers raise a family in the U.S. is the “least generous of any wealthy nation.”
However, the report does not discuss the causality of these findings. Although the numbers are startling, and it appears the United States can improve in this area, the reasons behind these figures are what will prove the most interesting. Once causality is determined, the policies and next steps to take become clear.
What do you think are the reasons behind the U.S.’s poor scores in motherhood?