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Editor’s Note May 2024

Motherhood: A Rollercoaster Ride of Chaos, Choices, and Comedy”

Ah, the age-old question: are you “Just like your Mother?” Brace yourselves, dear readers, for a whimsical journey through the marvelous world of motherhood, where one size certainly does not fit all, and the role of Mom evolves faster than a toddler’s mood swings.

As Mother’s Day graces us with its presence this month, let’s take a moment to marvel at the wonders of ‘Mums’ worldwide and delve into some eye-opening global motherhood statistics. Buckle up, folks, for a ride that might just make you appreciate your own maternal circus a tad more!

  1. Women Dodging the Grim Reaper While Becoming Moms:

    Maternal mortality has taken a nosedive by 40% over the past quarter-century, a feat worth celebrating with confetti and maybe a round of applause. However, let’s not pop the champagne just yet, because despite our noble efforts, the global maternal mortality ratio still loiters at 216 deaths per 100,000 live births. Who knew bringing life into the world came with such a perilous dance with fate?

  2. Midwives: The Unsung Heroes of Motherhood:

    The rise of skilled birth attendants, like the trusty midwife, has been a beacon of hope amidst the chaos of childbirth. From 67% in 2010 to a whopping 79% in 2017, more women are now getting the VIP treatment during delivery. But hey, there’s no time for a victory lap just yet, as millions of women still find themselves giving birth sans professional assistance. Cue the dramatic music!

  3. Motherhood by Choice, Not by Chance:

    Ah, the power of choice! Contraceptive prevalence has soared by 25% in the past 25 years, giving women more control over their reproductive destiny. Yet, as we peek beyond the picket fences of the modern Western world, we find a harsh reality: over 200 million women worldwide are yearning to avoid pregnancy but are playing a risky game of contraceptive roulette. Talk about a cliffhanger!

  4. The Baby Boom Goes Bust:

    Remember when everyone and their neighbor was popping out babies like confetti at a wedding? Well, those days are dwindling faster than a toddler’s attention span. With the global average fertility rate dropping from 2.9 births per woman to a modest 2.5, it seems the stork is downsizing its delivery fleet. Who would’ve thought that not every woman’s life goal is to create a mini-me?

  5. The Great Domestic Dilemma: Unpaid Labor Edition:

    Ah, the joy of unpaid labor – said no woman ever. Despite some progress over the past 25 years, the scales of domestic duties still tip heavily in favor of the fairer sex. Women juggle childcare and eldercare like circus performers, all while trying to maintain some semblance of sanity. And while men have made a valiant effort to step up their game in the household arena, the gender gap in unpaid care work has only shrunk by a measly seven minutes per day. Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, folks! So there you have it, folks – a whirlwind tour of motherhood’s greatest hits and misses. From dodging the grim reaper during childbirth to battling the never-ending tide of unpaid labor, mothers truly are the unsung heroes of the world. So this Mother’s Day, let’s raise a toast to all the moms out there – you’re doing a stellar job, even if you sometimes feel like you’re herding cats in a tornado!

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