It’s tough to be a mom – especially in the United States.
I was just reading a blog by fellow journalist Hedi Schlaumpf over at NCR. She was reporting on the latest information from “Save the Children” about the best and worst countries in which to be a mother. Sadly, the U.S. isn’t tops – in fact, we rank 28th. You can read the report at Save the Children. It seems sad that women and young children don’t have the best odds here. In fact, a child in the U.S. is twice as likely to die before its fifth birthday than a child in Singapore. As I read the report — yes, I know that Save the Children deals with contraceptives, but I’m talking about infant and mother mortality here, so the stats are relevant — I found myself wondering why women and children as so at risk here. No doubt there are many contributing factors, but I found myself thinking about them contraceptive/abortion mentality in the U.S. And I wondered if the decreased value of life in the womb could also be leading to less value on all prenatal and maternal care. If so, it’s time to do something about that. And what better time to start than Mother’s Day? Let’s starting asking why and working for improved care.