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Afghanistan is statistically the worst place to be a mother

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Bibi Saiba, 25, suffers through hours of prolonged labor pains with her mother Bibi Jan, left, at her side and her aunt at the Badakhshan Provincial hospital June 2, 2011, in Faizabad, Badakshan, Afghanistan. Crises put pregnant women at greater risk due to sudden loss of medical support, trauma, malnutrition, disease and exposure to violence. According to UNICEF, 52 babies out of every 1,000 die within two weeks of birth and 134 die before their first birthday. While 1 in 8 women in Afghanistan die during pregnancy or childbirth making it the worst place in the world to be a mother. Many mothers are having children too young along with diet, and extreme poverty they face huge challenges having a healthy pregnancy. Afghan women also deal with vitamin D deficiency from staying indoors and being covered up. In the rural parts of the country, in remote areas Afghan women deliver with no skilled help because women cannot leave home without a male and there aren't enough midwives to help every mother in need given Afghanistan's poor infrastructure.

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Muhammed Walai holds his granddaughter who died at birth as Haibalan, the grandmother, watches at the Badakhshan Provincial hospital on June 1, in Faizabad, Badakshan, Afghanistan.

 I was surprised to see that the United States ranked only 31st on the annual Save the Children Mothers' Index. Read more here.