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Best, Worst Places To Be a Mom

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Motherhood has its joys and challenges, and the ratio of one to the other can vary wildly depending on where in the world a mom lives. In a list ranking 160 of the best and worst countries on the planet to be a mother, the United States was 28th from the top, according to Save the Children, the international charity that aims to help children in need. Norway topped the list, while Afghanistan came in dead last.

Countries were ranked based on the measurement of four key factors in a mother's life: her own health, economic status, political clout, and the well-being of her children.

All countries were ranked according to lifetime risk of maternal death, percentage of women using modern contraception, female life expectancy, expected number of years of formal schooling, ratio of estimated female to male earned income, participation of women in national government, and mortality rate for children under age five. In industrialized countries, additional factors considered were maternity leave benefits, number of young children enrolled in pre-school education programs and number of older children enrolled in high school.

In developing countries, meanwhile, additional factors included how frequently skilled health care workers assist with birthing babies, children's access to clean water, and the number of children enrolled in primary education program, including the ratio of girls to boys.

Here is a list of the top 10 best and worst places worldwide to be a mom.

Best Places

1. Norway
2. Australia
3. Iceland
4. Sweden
5. Denmark
6. New Zealand
7. Finland
8. Netherlands
9. Belgium
10. Germany

Worst Places
151. Equatorial Guinea
152. Eritrea
153. Sudan
154. Mali
155. DR Congo
156. Yemen
157. Guinea-Bissau
158. Chad
159. Niger
160. Afghanistan

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