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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