Thursday, September 25, 2014

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby? 2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby in the US

Did you know September is the most popular month to have a baby? Must have been a *real* happy New Year for y'all (wink wink). Prego or not, here's some interesting stats from WalletHub - the leading personal finance social network - which examined the actual costs of giving birth in the United States.

Families in the United States pay the highest birthing costs in the world, according to a report from the International Federation of Health Plans. The average cost of a conventional delivery at an American hospital is $9,775. For a C-Section, it’s $15,041. YIKES!

2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby.

How much will it cost to give birth in the state where you live? What will the conditions be like at the hospital or OB-GYN? WalletHub examined 22 key metrics such as delivery costs, access to pediatric services and the number of child care centers per capita. 

  
 Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
 1Vermont 42North Carolina
 2Maine 43West Virginia
 3Oregon 44Georgia
 4Connecticut 45New York
 5New Hampshire 46Nevada
 6Wyoming 47Pennsylvania
 7Iowa 48South Carolina
 8Massachusetts 49Mississippi
 9Alaska 50Louisiana
 10Utah 51Alabama


Key Stats
  • The average annual infant care costs in the District of Columbia are 4 times higher than in Mississippi.
     
  • The infant death rate in Mississippi is 3 times higher than in Alaska.
     
  • The number of child centers per capita in Vermont is 9 times higher than in Utah.
     
  • The rate of low birth weight in Mississippi is 2 times higher than in Alaska.
  • The number of OB-GYNs per capita in District of Columbia is 9 times higher than in West Virginia.
  • California has the best parental leave policies, whereas 17 states tied for the worst.
  • The number of pediatricians per capita in the District of Columbia is 92 times higher than in Pennsylvania.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, click here:
http://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-have-a-baby/6513/

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