It’s important to know if you live in a baby-friendly state, so you’re sure your baby gets the best possible start in life.
A recent study released by the WalletHub website showed the cost of conceiving and caring for a baby, and how friendly towards baby every state is.
The research revealed that not all states are doing the same effort to help others to raise babies.
Relying on government information, the experts from Wallethub devised a top of states, taking into account factors like hospital delivery costs, health insurance, parental policies and child care centers.
Based on this kind of information, Vermont was found to be the best place to have a baby and Mississippi is the worst place to give birth to a baby.
Even though Mississippi is the last state overall by far, it also has some of the lowest average infant care costs.
Also according to the report, Washington was among the worst states for child care because of its high average costs of infant care. Washington was followed by New York and Massachusetts.
Number one on the list of baby-friendly states is Vermont. It is followed by Maine at number two, Connecticut at number three, Minnesota at number four and New Hampshire ranks number five.
According to the Wallethub ranking, the worst of the worst states to have a baby are Mississippi, ranking 51st, followed by Lousiana, then Alabama, New York, and Georgia.
This piece of news comes in the context where more and more women die during or right after pregnancy. Since 2000, America’s death rate soared by 27 percent, according to researchers.
Out of 31 countries which reported the data to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the USA ranked 30th country, barely beating Mexico.
Maternal death is still a rare occurrence. But the rate is still not improving, instead, it’s increasing.
This could be because women have babies at older ages and they are increasingly likely to suffer from such conditions as diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure.
This puts them at a greater risk for complications and ultimately increases their risk of death.
Doctors point out that women should get into pregnancy fit and healthy, and that’s just the first step in having more baby-friendly states.
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