Motherhood is defined as the state of being a mother. A person becomes a mother once a child is born or taken into her care. Motherhood is not a label; it is more like a feeling of intense love and care towards a child. Mothers are often seen moving mountains to protect their children from getting into harm’s way, which is why it is heavily celebrated and appreciated.
So, in the honor of all the women out there, here are some interesting facts about motherhood.
1. Mother’s Day in the USA
Mother’s day is celebrated almost everywhere. As the name suggests, it is a day to honor and appreciate the person who has taken care of and loved you all your life. But, in typical American fashion, the U.S. spends more than usual on this day. It is estimated that U.S. citizens spend around $14.6 billion on gifts which includes $671 million on cards and $1.9 billion on flowers for their beloved mums.
2. The Most Famous Mom
Mothers have been celebrated in every capacity. You’ll be shocked to know about the most famous mother in literature history: it is Grendel’s mum from the age-old British poem ‘Beowulf’ about a fearless warrior. Though the character doesn’t have specifics like a name, she is loved for her bravery and the fact that she attacked Beowulf’s army to take revenge for her child’s death.
3. Deaths During Childbirth
It is estimated that around 800 women pass away due to pregnancy-related complications or during pregnancy, postpartum, and childbirth itself. Most of these deaths occur in developing regions such as South Asia which has 29% of the deaths and Sub-Saharan Africa which constitutes 56% of the deaths.
4. Childbirth in the U.S.
Despite the fact that the U.S. spends a sizable amount of money on healthcare including maternal health, it is estimated that it is more dangerous to give birth in the USA when compared to 49 other countries including states like Bulgaria, South Korea, and Kuwait.
5. African American Women At Risk
It is reported that African American women are said to be four times more prone to death during childbirth than Caucasian women. A reason behind this disparity could be the racial discrimination and medical negligence towards African American women.
So, what do you think of these facts about mothers?