Because motherhood sometimes feels overwhelming, it’s easy to focus solely on your own challenges. For lots of us, those include the endless pursuit of that whole work-life balance thing and the fear that you checking your phone for two minutes is ruining your kids’ childhood. But as the following global maternal health statistics make brutally clear, mothers elsewhere face incomparably bigger obstacles. For far too many women and children around the world, pregnancy, motherhood, and early childhood are fraught with disease, fear, and the risk of death. Most of us already know that many developing countries experience a large number of infant loss, pregnancy complications, and more, but taking a closer look at maternal and childhood health issues can really open your eyes to what women around the world go through each day.
We’ve partnered with Walgreens and Vitamin Angels to examine the biggest issues surrounding maternal health care around the world. The statistics below illustrate how drastically life differs for mothers in developing versus developed countries and how much needs to be done to bridge the gap. The first step is education, which organizations like World Health Organization and UNICEF have made a central focus.
Educating yourself can be as simple as taking a second to read what’s happening around the world to our fellow mothers and their babies. It’s easy to complain about having trouble breastfeeding, having to go back to work, or being kept up all night by a teething 8-month-old. But these 13 global maternal health statistics are great reminders of how lucky women in developed countries are. Hopefully they’ll inspire all of us to do a little more for those who aren’t.