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How the U.S. Fails Its Mothers

The United States is the worst of the developed countries in which to be a mother, and it ranks 61st globally in maternal health, according to the report "State of the World's Mothers 2015," published by Save the Children.

The country now ranks 33rd overall as the best place to be a mom, down from last year's ranking of 31st overall, and currently takes the 42nd spot when it comes to children's well-being.

Seems pretty ridiculous for the most powerful country in the world.

As reported in RT.com, women in the U.S. face a 1 in 1,800 risk of childbirth-related death. It's the worst performance of any developed country in the world, the report states. Save the Children also looked at infant mortality rates in 25 capital cities of wealthy countries and found that Washington, D.C., had the highest, at 6.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013. This rate is a historic low for the for the U.S. capital, but is still three times the rates in Tokyo and Stockholm.

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Many major American cities, it's reported, have even higher infant mortality rates. In 2011, Cleveland and Detroit reported infant mortality rates of 14.1 and 12.4 per 1,000 live births.

So that is the takeaway message from all this info? Basically, America needs to do more to invest in the health and well-being of its mothers and children.

"Other countries are passing us by," CEO of Save the Children, Carolyn Miles, told reporters at the United Nations.

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