Alabama is 2016’s third-worst state to have a baby

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August is one of the most popular months for having babies, and Americans pay some of the highest delivery costs in the world.

A conventional delivery on average costs $10,002 — tack on another $5,238 for a C-section. If you don’t have insurance, those costs may double or triple, the study says.

Health and child care costs vary wildly from state to state — where does Alabama rank?

In their latest study, WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby, and found Alabama is the third-worst state in the country to have a child.

Using government data, WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions — delivery budget, health care and baby-friendliness — using 17 different metrics ranging from the number of pediatricians per capita to the infant mortality rate in each state.

Having a baby in Alabama (1=Best; 25=Average)

  • 51st: Infant-mortality rate
  • 49th: Rate of low birth-weight
  • 47th: Number of midwives and OB-GYNs per capita
  • 46th: Number of pediatricians and family doctors per capita
  • 35th: ‘Parental leave policy’ score
  • 49th: Rate of preterm births

In one bright spot in the study, Alabama was ranked as having the second-best delivery budget rank.

According to the study, the best three states to have a child are Vermont, Maine and Connecticut, while the three worst are Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

Here’s a look at how Alabama compares to the rest of the country:

Source: WalletHub
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