Want to live in the best state to have a baby? Move to Vermont. Think you live in the worst state to have a baby? That’s Mississippi. That’s according to a new study by financial services company WalletHub.
Here’s how Texas ranked:
46th in midwives and obstetrician/gynecologists per capita
36th in pediatricians and family doctors per capita
37th in parental leave policy
29th in hospital Cesarean-delivery charges
28th in hospital vaginal-delivery charges
19th in infant mortality rate
28th in low birth weight
10th in annual cost of early child care
26th in child-care centers per capita
What does all this mean to Texas moms? It means that they might have to travel farther to see a midwife or OB/GYN or go to a pediatrician or family doctor than people in other states.
The Economist also came up with another interesting statistic: delivering a baby in the U.S. costs about $10,808, part of the total of about $30,000 for before and after birth care. Most people with insurance pay about $3,000 in hospital delivery costs after insurance. Many women in Europe have birth and delivery available for free by their country’s medical care system. Then if they want an upgrade of a private room in a luxury hospital, they might pay an additional fee. Duchess Kate spent about $8,900 for her private room in the St. Mary’s Hospital in London.