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Report Ranks U.S. Last Among Developed Countries for Maternal Health

Report Ranks U.S. Last Among Developed Countries for Maternal Health

May 7, 2015 — The U.S. ranks last of any developed country in maternal health, according to Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers 2015 report, Time reports.

According to Time, Save the Children's annual report is a global ranking of the best and worst countries for mothers. The report accounts for several factors, including economics, education, children's well-being, maternal health and women's political status.

Key Rankings

Overall, the report ranked the U.S. as the 33rd best country for mothers out of 179 surveyed countries. The U.S. ranked 31st on the index in 2014.

More specifically, the U.S. ranked 61st for maternal health, with women in the country facing a maternal death risk of one in 1,800. According to the report, U.S. women are 10 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than women in Austria, Belarus and Poland.

In addition, the report found that the U.S. had a national average of 6.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Moreover, it found that Washington, D.C., had the highest infant mortality rate among the 25 capitals of high-income countries included in the survey. The report also noted that some U.S. cities -- including Cleveland and Detroit -- had even higher infant mortality rates. According to the report, such rates are linked to premature births, inadequate prenatal care, low incomes, a lack of education, race, age and marital status (Dockterman, Time, 5/5).