US one of the worst countries for mothers, Europe the best: study

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US One of the Worst Places for Mothers, Europe the Best


The U.S. ranks last amongst developed countries when it comes to mothers' health according to the State of the World's Mothers 2015 report by the Save The Children organization released Monday. The U.S. comes in the 33rd out of 179 in the "Mothers' Index Rankings" -- one of the lowest spots held by any other comparably developed nation.

The Mothers' Index Rankings takes into account five things: the lifetime risk of maternal death, mortality rate for children under the age of five, formal schooling years of children, gross national income per capita and women's participation in national government.

Last year, the U.S. ranked 31st overall, meaning the U.S. has slipped two spots since then.

American mothers face a 1 in 1,800 chance of pregnancy-related death -- the worst of any developed country.

Specifically, Washington D.C. ranked the worst amongst the Top 25 high-income capital cities from around the world as nearly eight infants died per 1,000 live births.

Out of 50 U.S. cities, Cleveland was the worst with an infant mortality rate of 14.1 in 2011.

Overall, Norway ranked as the best country for mothers as Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden rounded out the top five. Somalia ranked the worst.

See the full list of rankings below:

1. Norway
2. Finland
3. Iceland
4. Denmark
5. Sweden
6. Netherlands
7. Spain
8. Germany
9. Australia
10. Belgium
11. Austria
12. Italy
13. Switzerland
14. Singapore
15. Slovenia
16. Portugal
17. New Zealand
18. Israel
19. Greece
20. Canada
21. Luxembourg
22. Ireland
23. France
24. United Kingdom
*25. Belarus & Czech Republic (tied)
27. Estonia
*28. Lithuania & Poland (tied)
*30. Croatia & Korea, Republic of (tied)
32. Japan
33. United States of America
34. Slovakia
35. Serbia
36. Argentina
37. Macedonia
38. Saudi Arabia
39. Cyprus
*40. Cuba & Latvia (tied)
42. Montenegro
43. Grenada
44. Bulgaria
45. Costa Rica
46. Malta
47. United Arab Emirates
48. Chile
49. Bahrain
50. Libya
51. Hungary
52. Barbados
53. Mexico
54. Bosnia and Herzegovina
55. Qatar
*56. Russian Federation & Uruguay (tied)
58. Kazakhstan
59. Tunisia
60. Kuwait
*61. China & Ecuador (tied)
63. Oman
64. Bahamas
65. Turkey
66. Romania
67. Trinidad and Tobago
68. Saint Lucia
69. Ukraine
70. Mauritius
71. Malaysia
72. South Africa
73. Lebanon
74. Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
75. Colombia
76. Algeria
77. Brazil
78. Panama
79. Peru
80. El Salvador
81. Moldova, Republic of
82. Albania
83. Thailand
84. Iran, Islamic Republic of
85. Cape Verde
*86. Georgia & Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (tied)
*88. Belize & Bolivia, Plurinational State of (tied)
90. Azerbaijan
91. Namibia
*92. Jamaica & Maldives & Sri Lanka (tied)
95. Dominican Republic
96. Fiji
97. Mongolia
98. Vietnam
99. Turkmenistan
*100. Iraq & Jordan
102. Nicaragua
103. Armenia
104. Tonga
105. Philippines
106. Timor-Leste
107. Kyrgyzstan
108. Suriname
109. Honduras
110. Paraguay
111. Syrian Arab Republic
112. Indonesia
113. Guyana
114. Nepal
115. Gabon
116. Egypt
117. Samoa
118. Uzbekistan
119. Botswana
120. Angola
121. Rwanda
122. Bhutan
123. Equatorial Guinea
124. Senegal
*125. Morocco & Vanuatu (tied)
127. Tajikistan
128. Lao People's Democratic Republic
129. Guatemala
*130. Bangladesh & Sao Tome and Principe (tied)
132. Cambodia
*133. Lesotho & Zimbabwe (tied)
135. Micronesia, Federated States of
136. Tanzania, United Republic of
137. Kiribati
138. Kenya
139. Zambia
140. India
141. Uganda
142. Swaziland
143. Solomon Islands
144. Mozambique
145. Cameroon
146. Sudan
147. Burundi
148. Congo
149. Pakistan
150. Mauritania
151. Ethiopia
*152. Afghanistan & Togo (tied)
154. Ghana
155. Madagascar
156. Eritrea
157. Papua New Guinea
158. Myanmar
*159. Malawi & South Sudan (tied)
161. Djibouti
162. Yemen
163. Benin
164. Guinea
165. Comoros
*166. Burkina Faso & Liberia & Nigeria
*169. Haiti & Sierra Leone
171. Guinea-Bissau
172. Chad
173. Côte d'Ivoire
174. Gambia
175. Niger
176. Mali
177. Central African Republic
178. Congo, Democratic Republic of the
179. Somalia

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