Sociology Professor Susan Sered makes the case for designating April 11 the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights as she joins in a "blog carnival" with mothers, activists, health care professionals and researchers seeking that recognition from the United Nations.

"Maternal health in the United States — to be blunt — is not good," writes Sered. "The U.S. ranks 61st in maternal health standards, by far the worst rank among all developed countries. And among 25 of the wealthiest capital cities surveyed around the world, Washington, D.C., has the highest infant mortality rate, with babies from the District’s poorest wards dying at much higher rates than the city’s already high average."

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