Monday, August 8, 2016

Florida is one of the worst states to have a baby, says study

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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Apparently, Florida is great for retirees but not so much for babies. According to a study on best and worst states to have a baby in 2016, Florida came in ninth place and they didn't even mention Zika. 
To calculate their findings, personal finance website Wallethub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 17 different metrics, ranging from the number of pediatricians per capita to the infant mortality rate in each state. 

Florida's poor showing in this study is mostly because we have the highest hospital delivering charges, both conventional and caesarean, out of all 50 states. Florida also ranked 45 in average annual infant-care costs and 37 for rate of low birth-weight. 

For the rest of the categories, Florida hovered around average. Infant mortality rates had Florida in 27th place, number of midwives and OB-GYNs per capita in 24th and the state was 23rd in parental leave policies. 

Florida's best ranking was the number of pediatricians and family doctors per capita, which came in just above average in 20th place.

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

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