These Are The Best And Worst State To Have A Baby

August 13, 2019  |  
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Having a baby is an extreme sport. Nothing truly prepares you for being a parent except diving in headfirst into the chaos that is motherhood. Though motherhood is challenging for everyone, some moms are having a more difficult time than others because when it comes to family planning, not all states are created equally. Thankfully, WalletHub has done some of the footwork for you. The personal finance platform conducted a comprehensive analysis to determine the best and worst states to have a baby based on factors such as birthing expenses, healthcare access, infant care costs, and pediatricians per capita. Continue reading to find out if your state made either list.

Cesarean Delivery

Depending on which state you live in, C-section deliveries can cost significantly more than vaginal births. Here is how the states measured up:

States With Lowest Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges

  1. Maryland
  2. New Hampshire
  3. North Dakota
  4. West Virginia
  5. Utah

States With Highest Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges 

  1. Colorado
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. California
  5. New Jersey
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Vaginal Deliveries

Of course, all deliveries — vaginal or cesarean — come with hefty price tags. Here are the states with priciest hospital charges for traditional births.

States With Lowest Hospital Vaginal-Delivery Charges

  1. North Dakota
  2. Maryland
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Nebraska
  5. Maine

States With Highest Hospital Vaginal-Delivery Charges

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. California
  5. New Jersey


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Infant Care Costs

One of the most costly aspects of having a baby is childcare. However, infant care comes with a significantly higher price tag in some states than others.

States With Lowest Annual Infant-Care Costs

  1. Mississippi
  2. South Carolina
  3. Alabama
  4. Arkansas
  5. Missouri

States With Highest Annual Infant-Care Costs

  1. Colorado
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Nebraska
  5. District of Columbia
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Childcare Access

Of course, costs aren’t the only concerns for parents when it comes to infant care. Access to daycare centers that are not overcrowded is equally important. Infants can’t do much for themselves and every parent wants the comfort of knowing that their baby’s needs will be immediately met when leaving them in the care of someone else.

States With The Most Daycare Centers Per Capita

  1. Vermont
  2. Arkansas
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Wyoming
  5. North Dakota

States With The Fewest Daycare Centers Per Capita

  1. Washington
  2. Kansas
  3. Virginia
  4. Utah
  5. Indiana
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Healthcare Access For Moms-To-Be

Pregnancy comes with constant doctors appointments. The last thing you’ll want is an overbooked OB-GYN who you have to schedule appointments with months and advance and who rushes you out of the door before you can have all of your concerns addressed.

States With The Most OB-GYNs And Midwives Per Capita

  1. Hawaii
  2. Vermont
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Alaska
  5. Minnesota

States With The Least OB-GYNs And Midwives Per Capita

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. South Carolina
  4. Kansas
  5. Oklahoma
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Healthcare Access For Babies

Another healthcare professional you’ll be seeing a lot of is your child’s pediatrician so you’ll want access to a competent professional who has the time and resources to keep your little one in the best of health.

States With The Most Pediatricians Per Capita

  1. Vermont
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Delaware
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Massachusetts

States With The Fewest Pediatricians Per Capita

  1. New York
  2. Nevada
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Louisiana
  5. West Virginia


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Top 10 Overall

With all of the aforementioned factors taken into consideration, here are the top 10 best and worst states to have a baby.

Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
1 Vermont 42 West Virginia
2 Massachusetts 43 Florida
3 North Dakota 44 Nevada
4 Rhode Island 45 Arkansas
5 Minnesota 46 Georgia
6 New Hampshire 47 Oklahoma
7 Washington 48 Louisiana
8 Colorado 49 South Carolina
9 Connecticut 50 Alabama
10 Utah 51 Mississippi



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