Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day


This Sunday, May, 8 2011, we celebrate Mother's Day as an American tradition. This holiday was officially started in 1914 when Anna Jarvis convinced the US Congress to designate the second Sunday of May as "Mother's Day."

As Mother's Day reaches its centennial, the United States had 82.8 million mothers celebrating this holiday in 2008, each of those mothers have an average of 2.1 children, according to Census data. In 2003, the U.S. Mortality rate was 12.1 deaths per 100,000 live births. This low maternal mortality rate and fertility rate suggest that the United States may be taking reasonably good care of its mothers. From this standpoint it is quite reasonable that we may feel more comfortable focusing on the high maternal mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.