State of the World’s Mothers 2013

First global analysis of newborn day-of-death data

7 MAY 2013 — The first global analysis of newborn day-of-death data, released by PMNCH member Save the Children today, estimates that more than 1 million babies die on their birth day every year, making a baby’s first day the most dangerous day of life—in countries rich and poor around the world.

In addition to new findings on newborn survival, Save the Children’s 14th annual State of the World’s Mothers report also features Save the Children’s Mothers’ Index, released annually in the run-up to Mother’s Day. This year it ranks Finland as the best place in the world to be a mother, and Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toughest.

The United States ranks as the 30th best place to be a mother, just above Japan and South Korea—but below all of Western Europe, Australia, Slovenia, Singapore, New Zealand, Estonia, Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Belarus, Lithuania and Poland. The Mothers’ Index rankings are determined by five indicators on education, income, women’s political representation and the chances a mother and her baby will survive.