New Zealand has been ranked as one of the best places in the world to have a baby in 2013, according to a quality-of-life index.
Land-locked Switzerland tops the "lottery of life" index and Australia is second, but New Zealand ranks favourably by coming in seventh on the league table - jumping from 18th when the survey was last carried out in 1988.
Nigeria has been shamed as being the worst place to come into the world, while Britain is ranked just 27th, behind Ireland and Kuwait.
The quality-of-life index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, was based on 11 factors including wealth, crime, family, geography, trust in authorities, and economic stability.
The Economist says place of birth can forecast the best opportunities for a "healthy, safe and prosperous life".