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Where is the easiest way to raise a child?


The thirteenth world Mother Report prepared by the Save the Children organization emerged in May this year: the best and worst countries where it comes to raise children. Norway turned out to be the best adapted to the needs of young mothers, and Nigeria the worst.

Poland came 28th behind Sweden, Iceland, Belgium, Ireland, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria and Belarus. However, behind us were, among others: Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia. The comparison compares 165 countries from around the world.

Where is the best and where is the worst?

Nigeria turned out to be the worst country to raise children. It has taken place so far for two years occupied by Afghanistan. Such a low score is caused by the worsening political situation of the country, famine and the threat of death of millions of Nigerian children.

Norway was highest in the report, in which mothers receive the highest maternity benefits, there is virtually no problem with nurseries and kindergartens. In Norway, about 1,500 euros a year are payable for each child. A single mother receives double the sum of money, i.e. about PLN 1067 per month.

For three years, a Norwegian woman after having a child can decide whether she returns to work and to what extent she wants to work. If she plans to stay with her child at home, she should be paid an additional EUR 5,000. In addition, it is possible to set the time the child stays in kindergarten, which the mother can adapt to her work and needs.

Each year, the report takes into account variables such as health care, educational opportunities, the country's economic status, health and nutrition (including efforts to breastfeed for at least six months, and healthy and nutritious meals for older children).

The report states that one woman out of 47,000 births dies during childbirth in Ireland. In Nigeria, however, one woman in seven giving birth. In Papu New Guinea, as many as 45% of children do not go to school, and in Germany or Belgium, this does not happen at all.

The report also shows that less than 40% of children around the world can benefit from exclusive breastfeeding.

United States - anti-example?

Interesting are the arrangements for the United States, which in the report Save the Children occupy 25th place, which is slightly higher than Poland. Last year it was position 31.

However, despite some progression, the United States is still far below most of the developing countries. Specialists preparing the report noticed that women in the US die 7 times more often due to pregnancy-related reasons than, for example, Italian women (!). Similarly, in terms of the number of children enrolled in kindergartens and because of the political status of women, the US is at the end of the list of developed countries. The way of eating, and above all introducing unhealthy fast foods to your child's diet is also important for such low US scores. In addition, only 61% of small Americans go to kindergarten.

Poland - it is not bad, but it is far from good

Unfortunately, in Poland my mother's quality of life does not improve at all. Over the past 20 years, the number of nurseries and kindergartens has dropped, although some awakening in this subject is already visible, what is being done is still not enough for Poland to join the highest rated countries.

Another problem is the difficulties in taking up work by mothers - many times there is no possibility of flexible working hours, difficulties in taking telework, and for self-employed (self-employed) mothers there is no parental leave.

Things are not going well at schools: the media are reporting further initiatives to close school canteens, and there are no nurses or hygienists in schools. Unfortunately, it is also not good during delivery. In many hospitals, the quality of births still depends on money: many women still complain about inadequate care, lack of support in learning to breastfeed, and lack of patience and help from midwives. Not to mention the long list of 'paid services' that are available for free in every hospital in every hospital, for every mother, regardless of social status.