Imma post this link first, so it gets priority: http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.8585863/k.9F31/State_of_the_Worlds_Mothers.htm
OK, now that we've done that- look at this lovely little slideshow from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/04/living/gallery/save-the-childrens-mothers-index/index.html
You know what that slideshow doesn't show? The US statistics.
The 2015 Mothers’ Index of 179 countries tracks:
~The lifetime risk of maternal death
~Children’s well-being as measured by their under-5 mortality rate
~Educational status, as measured by children’s expected years of formal schooling
~Economic status, as measured by gross national income per capita
~Political status, measured by women’s participation in national government
The USA dropped
to 33rd- after Poland and Croatia. Women in the United States face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the worst odds
of any developed country in the world. That puts us at 66th
place in maternal mortality. That means that over 1/3 of the countries on that list are better at keeping new mothers alive than we are.
In the examination of the 24 richest capitol cities in the world, Washington DC had the worst infant mortality rates, with 7.9 deaths per 1000. That means that for every 1000 children born in DC, approx 8 of them will die.
And in DC's poor Ward 8, babies are 10 times
more likely to die than babies born to families in affluent Ward 3
But that doesn't eaven match up to Cleveland, where a ghastly the IMR is a mind-numbing 14.10 per 1000, or Memphis, where it is 10.7, or Philly, where it is 9.5. Can you imagine living someplace where a newborn has a 1%+ chance of dying?
Oh, sure, we got 9th place for having a huge GNI, and 16th in amount of education we get, but we ranked 42nd in children's well being...Bosnia
has a better under-5 mortality rate than we do. And we got 89th
in political status. Women in over HALF the countries have better political clout than US women.
Overall, when it comes to being a developed nation, we're dead last