The Best and Worst States to Have a Baby
Which states offer the most favorable conditions for expectant parents?
This article originally appeared on Money.
Planning on starting a family some time soon? You may want to consider a move to the Northeast. Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut are the three best states to have a baby, respectively, according to personal finance site WalletHub.
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WalletHub ranked the 50 states and Washington D.C. based on delivery costs, health-care accessibility, and “baby friendliness.” In those three over-arching categories, the site then took into consideration 17 key metrics, including number of pediatricians per capita, annual average infant-care costs, infant mortality rates, cost of living, average health insurance premiums, and more.
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Vermont ranked as the top state for health-care accessibility, with one of the highest scores for midwives/OB-GYNs per capita and pediatricians/family doctors per capita. It ranked seventh overall in “baby-friendliness,” which measures things like parental leave policies and number of childcare centers per capita. It ranked 40th in delivery costs.
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You can find the full ranking here.