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Study: These are the Best & Worst US States to Have a Baby 

Americans pay the highest birthing costs in the world. Considering the fact that more people are born in September than any other month of the year,  personal-finance website WalletHub  released a report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

Best States to Have a BabyWorst States to Have a Baby
2Massachusetts43New Mexico
4New Hampshire45Georgia
5North Dakota46West Virginia
8Nebraska49South Carolina
9District of Columbia50Alabama

Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $3,114, which is 4.9 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at $15,137.
  • Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.90 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 11.46 percent.
  • Vermont has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 22, which is 11 times more than in Oklahoma, the fewest at two.
  • California has the highest parental-leave policy score, 155, while 12 states, such as Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina, tied for the lowest at 0.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 


REPORT: These are the BEST and WORST States to Have a Baby in America

best and worst

September is a great month. It is also one of the most popular months for babies to be born in America.
As can be imagined, having a baby is the most expensive in America. My last c-section bill was $11,000 before insurance coverage! Therefore, I am not surprised.

Leading personal finance Website WalletHub did an in-depth analysis and came up with 2015’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby.

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.

Best States to Have a BabyWorst States to Have a Baby
2North Dakota43Alabama
5Minnesota46New York
7Maine48South Carolina
8Wyoming49West Virginia

Key Stats

  • 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.

To see the full report and find out where your specific state ranks, see the entire report HERE and check out an inforgraphic summary below:


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