Save the Children has been releasing an annual report every year since 2000, its about the best and worst countries for mothers.
Since then, New Zealand has been included in the top 10 best countries for moms just six times – the last time was 2012. What’s more, this decline is being reflected in demotions in other indexes too – e.g. the OECD Better Life Index, the Sovereign Wellbeing Index, and the Social Progress Index.
Overall, the impression is that New Zealand is on the slide and there’s no sign of it slowing. Not a great prospect if you’re just about to emigrate to the most remote country on earth.
But back to being a mom. In 2015 New Zealand failed to make it back into the top 10 countries in which to be a mother. Why? read on…
Norway is the best place in the world to be a mother, according to the annual scorecard released by Save the Children. Australia is the only non-European country to make the top ten in the survey of 179 countries.
Somalia is judged the worst place for mothers, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. The 16th annual Mothers’ Index is based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women…
Australia came in at number nine, behind Iceland (3), Denmark (4), Sweden (5), The Netherlands (6), Spain (7) and Germany (8). Belgium was ranked number 10. France and Britain take the 23rd and 24th spot, below Canada at number 20. The US dropped from number 31 on the list to 33, behind Japan, Poland and Croatia… read on
New Zealand didn’t even make the top 10, trailing eight places behind ninth-ranked Australia for maternal health.
The result was not good enough and New Zealand should be doing better as a country, commented Professor Stacie Geller, an international maternal morbidity and mortality expert from the University of Illinois.
“The best countries to have a baby are Norway, Finland and Iceland but their healthcare models are not fundamentally different than yours. You should be in the top 10,” she said…
Professor Geller participated in a maternity research project, led by the University of Otago;s Women’s Health Research Centre…
She found some women faced barriers when trying to access good quality maternity services. This was particularly true for Maori and Pacific Island families…
“We see inequities in America all the time,” said Prof Geller. “Black women in the US are four to five times more likely to die during childbirth. That is because we know access to quality care is based on who you are and where you live. New Zealand may be facing similar problems with inequality among mothers, she said.
A University of Otago study co-authored by Prof Geller last year found as many as 40 per cent of cases where pregnant women were admitted to intensive care units due to severe illness could have been prevented. The preventable illnesses were most commonly blood loss and septicemia. These were often not identified properly due to a failure to recognise a woman’s high risk status, said lead researcher Dr Bev Lawton.
Delayed or inappropriate treatment was also a factor… read more
There’s that word again – inequality. Something that happens with countries that have a wide gap between the rich and poor. New Zealand’s poverty gap has been growing under the present right-wing National government, mostly due to under investment in its disadvantaged young.
New Zealand’s previous rankings
2009 – 6th
2010 – 6th
2012 – 4th
2013 – 17th
2014 – 16th
2015 – 17th
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