How moms in America compare to moms elsewhere

The U.S. is tough on moms

By Anna Ford

At Latitude News we explore connections between the U.S. and the world. One way to do that is through data. Statistics can tell us things we might not have guessed and make us ask questions we otherwise wouldn’t have asked. Today’s data comes from Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers Report 2012 (the full rankings start on page 47). What caught our eye was that the U.S. was among the worst developed countries in terms of how often women die in childbirth (only Russia, Moldova and Albania are worse), while Greece was the best. We looked at two other countries that we thought provided interesting contrasts: Australia, which is near the top of the index and is the largest nation outside of Europe in the top 20; and Estonia, one of the smallest developed nations. (For the curious, the top three on the Mother’s Index are Norway, Iceland and Sweden, small Scandinavian countries, and the worst is Albania). We then looked at some of the other rankings for these four countries.

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  • Indigocloud

    Great piece, when you tell others they don’t believe it, but the graphs make it so much easier.

  • Anna

    People really are surprised when they “see” it in such a visual way. It’s pretty dramatic!