What is the best state to have a baby?

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Vermont is the best state in the Union to have a baby in 2014, according to a WalletHub report. And the worst state of all is Alabama – to have a baby, that is, though your mileage may vary. This is not information to be taken lightly, especially in a country like the United States where families pay the highest birthing costs in the world, as reported in an International Federation of Health Plans study. In addition to budgetary considerations, WalletHub also took into account healthcare conditions for mothers and babies, and how baby-friendly a state’s environment is.

Best

Middle-of-the-road

Worst

·         Vermont

·         Maine

·         Oregon

·         Connecticut

·         New Hampshire

·         Wyoming

·         Iowa

·         Massachusetts

·         Alaska

·         Utah

·         Hawaii

·         Idaho

·         Minnesota

·         Kentucky

·         North Dakota

·         Nebraska

·         Virginia

·         Colorado

·         Ohio

·         South Dakota

·         Washington

·         Montana

·         Indiana

·         Texas

·         Missouri

·         Maryland

·         Kansas

·         Wisconsin

·         Michigan

·         Arizona

·         District of Columbia

·         New jersey

·         California

·         Arkansas

·         Delaware

·         Tennessee

·         Florida

·         New Mexico

·         Oklahoma

·         Illinois

·         Rhode Island

·         North Carolina

·         West Virginia

·         Georgia

·         New York

·         Nevada

·         Pennsylvania

·         South Carolina

·         Mississippi

·         Louisiana

·         Alabama

Some of the factors considered to craft the rankings included hospital cesarean delivery charges, hospital conventional delivery charges, average annual infant care costs (budget), infant death rates, number of midwives/ob-gyns per capita, number of pediatricians per capita (healthcare), and number of child centers per capita (baby-friendly environment).

 

Lowest

Highest

Cesarean delivery charges

Maryland

New Jersey

Conventional delivery charges

North Dakota

New Jersey

Annual infant care costs

Mississippi

DC

Infant death rates

Alaska

Mississippi

Midwives/ob-gyns/capita

Alabama

DC

Pediatricians/capita

Pennsylvania

Ohio

Child centers/capita

Utah

Vermont