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?
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: