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Study: South Carolina Is 2020’s 2nd Worst State to Have a Baby

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WalletHub today released its study on 2020’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby and South Carolina ranked as being the second worst. Alabama was the only state listed below the Palmetto State.

To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 32 key measures of cost, health care accessibility, and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

Having a Baby in South Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 28th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
  • 25th – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
  • 48th – Infant Mortality Rate
  • 46th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
  • 50th – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
  • 33rd – Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
  • 33rd – Child-Care Centers per Capita
  • 38th – Parental-Leave Policy Score
  • 40th – WalletHub “States with the Best Health Infrastructure for Coronavirus” Score

You can see the full report here.

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