2020’s Best & Worst U.S. States to Have a Baby
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, making birthing more stressful than it would be otherwise, and the average conventional delivery costing over ten thousand dollars, WalletHub has compiled a list of 2020's Best and Worst U.S. states to Have a Baby.
WalletHub looked at the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and used 32 factors of cost, health care accessibility, and "baby-friendliness" to compile a set of data that ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges, annual average infant-care costs, and pediatricians per capita.
The list places Massachusetts in position 1, Minnesota in position 2, and Vermont in position 3. Then, on the bottom of the list, Alabama finds itself in position 51, South Carolina at 50, and Mississippi at 49.
Texas finds itself down at position 41 on the list. Below is some additional information on how Texas scored for being a place to have a baby.
Having a Baby in Texas (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 29th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
- 28th – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
- 28th – Avg. Annual Cost of Early Child Care
- 17th – Infant Mortality Rate
- 30th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
- 31st – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
- 31st – Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
- 31st – Child-Care Centers per Capita
- 27th – Parental-Leave Policy Score
- 25th – WalletHub “States with the Best Health Infrastructure for Coronavirus” Score
WalletHub includes a full breakdown of how they measured each state's viability on their website. They also included a Q&A with a panel of experts.