1.66 million: Total number of live births recorded in PH in 2006. This was 1.5 percent less than the 1.69 million reported live births in 2005.
4,556: Average number of live births per day in 2006.
27.3: Median age of mothers in 2006.
154,119: Number of live births in 2006 attributed to mothers under 20 years old.
2: Percentage of women in the country aged 15 to 19 who were reported pregnant with their first child in 2007.
1,731: Total number of maternal deaths in PH in 2008.
48: Ranking of PH among 77 “less developed” countries as the “best place for mothers” in the world, according to the US-based nonprofit group, Save the Children Inc.’s 2010 survey on the State of the World’s Mothers. The report factored in key indicators relating to health, education and socio-economic status.
3,541: Number of women who breastfed simultaneously at the San Andres Sports Complex and Cultural Center, Malate, Manila on May 4, 2006. The event, organized by Children for Breastfeeding Inc., the City of Manila, Nurturers of the Earth Inc., UNICEF and the Department of Health, was cited by the Guinness World Records as the most number of people during a simultaneous breastfeeding event.
38.5: Percentage of births in the US that occur outside of marriage, according to a 2010 survey from the United States National Center for Health Statistics. According to the same survey, of the total number of births to women between the ages of 20 and 29, 60 percent were born to unwed mothers.
70: Percentage of adult American women who say that they keep in closer contact with their moms rather than their dads, according to a February 2006 survey by the Pew Research Center.
11.3: Percentage increase of phone calls in America on Mother’s Day, compared to the rest of the year, according to a 2010 study by US-based international calling firm VIP Communications.
22 million: Estimated number of Mother’s Day cards purchased every year worldwide, according to a survey by US-based Carlton Cards and the International Mass Retailers Association.
Compiled by Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
Sources: census.gov.ph, who.int, guinnessworldrecords.com, realtruth.org, pewresearch.org, reuters.com, everythingmothersday.com, PDI Archives, State of the World’s Mothers 2010 report