Worst Place to Be a Mom Is...
Democratic Republic of Congo, according to new report
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
A boy receives medical treatment for severe malaria as his mother looks on at a clinic run by the aid organization Merlin, in Goma, eastern Congo, in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)

(Newser) – The toughest place in the world for mothers? The Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new report from Save the Children. The nonprofit organization looked at factors including health, education, income, and child mortality in 176 countries, the BBC reports. The bottom 10 are all in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnancy-related causes kill one out of every 30 women, and an average of one child out of seven dies before turning 5. India also made a poor showing: 29% of all newborn deaths occur there, and it also sees more maternal deaths each year than any other country.

Finland is the best place to be a mom, followed by Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands. The US found itself in the No. 30 spot—and it has the highest newborn death rate in the industrialized world, which the charity says is due in part to its high rate of premature births. About 11,300 babies die each year in the US within 24 hours of their birth.

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BenDunn
May 8, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
The answer... ANY BLACK RAN COUNTRY Questions... Worst place to be a mom Worst place for corruption Worst place for rapes of young girl Worst place for economic opportunity Worst place for rampant racism Worst place for begging for international support, and spending on more corruption But Black ran nations are best for one thing,, Laziness and idle assholes getting little girls pregnant so more support pours in!!
orlandojonny
May 8, 2013 6:28 AM CDT
Airdrop condoms...
shorty06
May 7, 2013 10:50 PM CDT
Okay whoever keeps making comments about who gives a s*** about this or that needs to stop. You should instead go pray to god that you have a nice home and enough food to eat everyday and be f****** thankful for what you have. Because those moms and children fight for survival each an everyday....unlike you.