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Motherhood by the Numbers

  • 4.1 million
    This is the number of women inthe United States between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months. Source: U.S. Census

  • 20 percent
    This is the number of all U.S. women ages 15 to 44 who have had two children. About 47 percent have no children; 17 percent have one; 10 percent have three and about 5 percent have four or more. Source: U.S. Census

  • Save the Children

    800
    Each day, about 800 mothers and 18,000 children younger than 5 years old die from largely preventable causes. More than half of these deaths take place in fragile settings, which are at high risk of conflict and are particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. Source: Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report

    Photo provided by Save the Children: Mothers with their babies in Chad. Chad is ranked at 170 in this year's State of the World's Mothers report.

  • 25.8 years old
    This is the average age of women in the Unied States in 2012 when they gave birth for the first time, which was up from 25.6 years in 2011. The increase in the average age reflects the decline of births to women in their teen years and their 20s. Source: U.S. Census

  • 62.1 percent
    This is the percentage of women ages 16 to 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months and who were in the labor force. Source: U.S. Census

  • Save the Children

    14
    Worldwide, women and children are up to 14 times more likely than men to die in a disaster. Source: Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report

    Photo provided by Save the Children: A mother with a 3-week-old baby in a displacement camp in a monastery in Bangui, which houses thousands of IDPs sheltering from the sectarian fighting going on in Bangui, Central African Republic.

  • 5 million
    In 2013, there were 5 million stay-at-home moms in U.S. married-couple family groups, which was statistically unchanged from 2012 and 2011. In 2013, 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children younger than 15 had a stay-at-home mother, which is up from 21 percent in 2000. Source: U.S. Census

  • Save the Children

    56 percent
    This is the percentage of maternal and child deaths that take place in fragile settings – countries or regions in the midst of, or emerging from, a recent humanitarian emergency. Source: Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report

    Photo provided by Save the Children: Awa waits at a health post with her son Modiba, 2, for medication to treat severe malnutrition and malaria in Sakasso Region, Mali.

  • 94 percent
    This is the percentage of the 37.8 million U.S. mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2004 who lived with their biological children only. In addition, 3 percent lived with stepchildren, 2 percent with adopted children and 0.5 percent with foster children. Source: U.S. Census

  • Save the Children

    250 million
    More than 250 million children younger than 5 years old live in countries affected by armed conflict. Source: Save the Children's 15th annual State of the World's Mothers report

    Photo provided by Save the Children: Soleil, 20 years old, gave birth to both of her children in the bush, after she fled armed fighting in her village.

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