FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival in the U.S. and Americans paying the most expensive birthing costs in the world, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016’s "Best and Worst States to Have a Baby" and ranked Connecticut third overall.
To give expectant parents an idea of the delivery costs, health-care accessibility and baby-friendliness of each state, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 metrics. The data set ranges from “hospital Caesarean-delivery charges” to “annual average infant-care costs” to “number of pediatricians per capita.”
Connecticut finished just behind Vermont and Maine and ahead of Minnesota and New Hampshire rounding out the top-five. Neighboring Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island New Jersey and New York finished eighth, 18th, 38th and 48th respectively.
The full list of rankings for Connecticut include:
- 12th – Infant-Mortality Rate
- 21st – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
- 11th – Number of Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
- Fifth – Number of Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
- 15th – Number of Child-Care Centers per Capita
- Second – ‘Parental Leave Policy’ Score
- First – Percentage of Nationally Accredited Child Care Centers
For the full report, visit this link.
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