Massachusetts and New Hampshire Rank as Best States to Have a Baby
Having a baby is life-changing, no new news there. That is obvious.
I learned recently, since I do not have kids yet, that having a baby is also really expensive.
Yes, babies are expensive, but HAVING the baby is very costly.
With varying state legislation across the United States regarding funding, parental time off, child care, etc., not all states are created equal when it comes to bringing a baby into the world.
In Layman's terms, some states are better and more supportive when bringing a baby into the world, and some states STINK to have a baby in.
"WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key measures of cost and health care accessibility, as well as baby- and family-friendliness," according to a WalletHub article. "Our data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita."
Massachusetts CRUSHED this study, and was ranked the #1 state to have a baby in. It was the #1 state in "family-friendliness," #2 in "health care," and #4 in "baby-friendliness."
New Hampshire was not far off, claiming the #6 spot. Below are some of New Hampshire's highlights.
Having a Baby in New Hampshire (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 2nd – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
- 1st – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
- 9th – Infant Mortality Rate
- 7th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
- 15th – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
- 13th – Pediatricians & Family Medicine Physicians per Capita
- 15th – Child-Care Centers per Capita
- 27th – Parental-Leave Policy Score