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A new report by Save the Children finds that more than 1 million babies die the same day they are born, making it by far the most dangerous day of a baby's life in nearly every country in the world. The three major causes of day-of-birth death? Birth complications, infections and prematurity. Most tragic of all: Save the Children estimates that three-quarters of these deaths could be prevented.
Using this data, the report also ranks the safest and most dangerous places to be born. Babies born in Somalia are the most at risk, with Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Sierra Leone not far behind. Shockingly, the United States ranks 68th safest of 168 countries, with the highest first-day rate of death of all industrialized nations, with 50 percent more day-of-birth deaths than all other industrialized countries combined.
The report also ranks the best and worst places to be a mother, taking into account maternal-fetal health, education, income and political representation. While Finland, thanks to its high female representation in government and strong school system is the best spot to be raising kids. The United States comes in a dismal 30th, just below Luxembourg.