Category: News

Mother and child, Kyrgyzstan

The World’s Mothers

When State of the World’s Mothers 2012 was released by Save The Children this week, timed to commemorate Mother’s Day, the American media pounced on one point made in the 70-page report: The U.S. ranked #25 in a tally of which countries were the best and worst places for being a mom.

Nevermind that the purpose of the report, as defined in its subtitle, is “Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days,” stressing the life-long impact of adequate nutrition from the start of pregnancy to a child’s second birthday. The headlines and weblines carry an implicit complaint about the U.S.’s standing in the Mother’s Index (an appendix to the report) because apparently we have to win everything.