September is a great month. It is also one of the most popular months for babies to be born in America.
To help expectant parents gauge their baby-planning costs, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics.
The site’s data metrics considered included: delivery costs, average annual infant-care costs, the per-capita number of midwives and OB-GYNs, and the per-capita number of child care centers.
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- The average annual infant-care costs in the District of Columbia are four times more expensive than in Mississippi.
- The infant-death rate in Mississippi is twice as high as in Iowa.
- Vermont has nine times more child care centers per capita than West Virginia.
- The rate of low birth-weight in Mississippi is twice as high as in Alaska.
- The District of Columbia has 13 times more OB-GYNs per capita than Alabama.
- California has the best parental leave policies, whereas 17 states — such as Arizona, Michigan or South Carolina — tied for the worst.
- Vermont has 12 times more pediatricians per capita than New Mexico.