New Zealand ranked sixth best place to be a mother
By Simon Collins
4:00 AM Wednesday May 5, 2010

New Zealand is still one of the best places in the world to be a mother, says a new report.

Save the Children's annual Mother's Day report says the average Kiwi woman will have 20 years of formal education and live to age 82, with almost all having health professionals present when they give birth.

By contrast in the worst place in the world for mothers, Afghanistan, a typical woman will have only four years of formal schooling and die by age 44, and only one in seven has a health professional present in childbirth.

But the report places Australia and four Nordic countries ahead of us on key measures such as maternal deaths in childbirth.

New Zealand's overall ranking is also dragged down by a high death rate of six out of every 1000 children before the age of 5 - the same as in Australia but roughly twice the death rates of three or four in 1000 in Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark.

The rankings are based on a weighted average of children's wellbeing and women's status in health, education, income and politics.

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