With the average birth costing around $4,500 for mothers with insurance, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.
Having a Baby in California (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 34th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
- 33rd – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
- 47th – Avg. Annual Cost of Early Child Care
- 4th – Infant Mortality Rate
- 11th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
- 31st – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
- 33rd – Pediatricians & Family Medicine Physicians per Capita
- 42nd – Child-Care Centers per Capita
- 6th – Parental-Leave Policy Score
- 13th – Positive COVID-19 Testing Rate in the Past Week
For the full report, please visit: