Last week Save the Children released its annual State of the World's Mothers report. In it, we learned the best and worst places to be a mother: Finland and Democratic Republic of the Congo respectively. We also learned that the United States ranks as the 30th best place to be a mother, below all of the Western European countries. Factors determining rank include education, income, women’s political representation and the chances a mother and her baby will survive.
The toughest number to hear, however, is that one million babies each year will not survive their first day of birth. Why? The main reasons include asphyxia, infections and being more too soon, which are wholly preventable in most cases. The vast majority of these one million deaths will occur in developing countries. The good news is there are easy and affordable interventions that can save more babies' lives like antibiotics that range in price from $.13 to $2.03 or clean cord care that only costs $.23. You can read more stats and see affordable interventions at www.savethechildren.org/mothers.
Supporting the release of Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers report 24 mom bloggers shared their birth stories for 24 straight hours in honor of the many babies who will not live past their first day of life and also to shed light on the vast differences between care we have here and what mothers receive in poorer countries.
Here are their stories: