Americans pay the highest birthing cost in the world, according to WalletHub. The personal-finance website released its report in 2017 best and worst states to have a baby - and South Carolina is on one of the lists.
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"To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub's analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness," WalleHub says.
The data ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.
Below are some statistics provided by WalletHub:
- Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $3,034, which is 4.9 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at $14,855.
- Wyoming has the most center-based child-care centers (per 100,000 residents), 125, which is 12.5 times more than in Indiana, registering the fewest at 10.
- Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 5.79 percent, which is two times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at 11.43 percent.
- Vermont has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 22, which is 11 times more than in Oklahoma, registering the fewest at two.
- The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians (per 100,000 residents), 53, which is 26.5 times more than in Idaho, registering the fewest at two.
- California has the highest parental-leave policy score, 155, while 12 states, such as Arizona, Michigan and South Carolina, tied for the lowest at 0.
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