WalletHub, which describes itself as “the web’s best personal finance resource,” has a new report out listing the best and worst states to have a baby.
Hawaii comes in at No. 4 on the best list, behind Vermont, North Dakota and Oregon.
The bottom three states are Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
WalletHub’s methodology is based on budget (including hospital cesarean-delivery charges), health care (including number of pediatricians per 100,000 residents) and “baby friendly environment” (including parental leave policy).
Hawaii ranked No. 1 for “baby friendly environment” and No. 3 for parental leave policy.
Sources for the rankings include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Partnership for Women & Families.
September, by the way, is said to be one of the most popular months for the arrival of newborns.
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