Birthing Costs Vary Widely Depending On Which State You Live in, Says New Report
News flash: Babies are expensive. So if you're thinking of bring a bundle of joy into your life, it's only smart to have a bundle of cash, too — if only to cover the expense of delivery. Unsurprisingly, the cost of having a child varies throughout the country, which is why WalletHub took a look at the best places for new mothers to bring their babies into the world.
"Between one-time expenses such as a crib and stroller and ongoing costs that include diapers and formula — not to mention unexpected financial setbacks — it's easy to exceed even the most immaculately conceived budget," WalletHub writes in its newest report, which also shows that, "birthing costs can also vary significantly from state to state, considering the wide differences in cost of living."
WalletHub recently took a look at the 50 states and Washington, D.C., comparing them along 17 metrics — like cesarean-delivery charges, annual average infant-care costs, and the number of pediatricians per capita — to determine the best and worst places for expectant mothers to live. Here's what the site came up with.
The 10 Best States for Expectant Mothers
5. New Hampshire
9. North Dakota
The 10 Worst States For Expectant Mothers
4. New York
6. West Virginia
10. North Carolina
As you can see, Northeastern states fared well, with states scoring fairly high in terms of being budget-friendly, and providing ample access to health care and a baby-friendly environment. On the flip side, Southern states make up the majority of the worst 10 states for expectant mothers, scoring poorly in those same categories. Florida, for example, has some of the highest costs of cesarean births and hospital stays of all the 50 states, while Louisiana and Arkansas have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.
Of course, if you live in a state that's scored poorly on this report, we know it's not easy — or even the answer — to move to a state that offers a better environment for you and your baby. But by taking a look at where your state ranks, you can prepare yourself for what might come—whether that's what you need to budget for your baby's birth, or how far you'll need to drive to find a pediatrician.
Check out MAKERS Christy Turlington Burns as she talks about maternal health care in her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.
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