The United States ranks 61st in maternal health, performing worse than any developed country in the world, according to Save the Children's 16th annual State of the World's Mothers
2015 report released May 4. The report, released several days before Mother's Day, ranks the best and worst places to be a mother. It found that women in the United States face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the highest risk of any developed country. An American woman is more than 10 times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as a woman in Poland, for example, CBS News
reported. Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden rank in the top five this year.
Save the Children also examined infant mortality rates in the capital cities of wealthy nations. Washington D.C. had by far the highest infant mortality rate of 25 capital cities studied, with 7.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012.