We fail to rank among the best 20 nations to give birth in... lagging behind Greece, Slovenia and Estonia.
The UK is now a worse place to give birth than even Slovenia and Estonia, according to research. Britain has failed to rank among the top 20 places to be a mother – coming in at a meagre number 23.
Researchers say the UK’s poor rating is partially down to higher infant and mother mortality rates than in other parts of Europe. It means this country is now a worse place to have a baby than former Soviet and Balkan countries, which have seen rapid improvements in living standards. Britain is also four places below Greece, despite the country’s economic turmoil.