According to a recent study: Hawaii is the 4th best state to have a baby.
The personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby. The website compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics, including delivery costs, average annual infant-care costs, the per-capita number of midwives and OB-GYNs, and the per-capita number of child care centers.
With 1=best and 25=average, here’s how Hawaii measures up in the study:
- 19th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
- 21st – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
- 20th – Number of Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
- 7th – Number of Child Care Centers per Capita
- 3rd – ‘Parental Leave Policy’ Score
- 6th – Percentage of Nationally Accredited Child Care Centers
Hawaii is ranked number-1 for its baby-friendly environment, 25 in health care and 31 in budget. Joining Hawaii in the top 5 states to have a baby are Vermont, North Dakota. Oregon and Minnesota.
According to the International Federation of Health Plans, Americans pay the highest birthing costs in the world. The average price tag of conventional delivery at a U.S. hospital is $10,002. Add another $5,238 to that for a C-Section. In the Netherlands, the cost of a normal birth pales in comparison at $2,824 and dips to an even more modest $2,251 in Spain.
Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Child Care Aware of America, the National Partnership for Women & Families, the United Health Foundation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Amnesty International USA, eHealthInsurance Services and BabyCenter.com.