MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – A new study from WalletHub shows South Carolina is the third-worst state to have a baby in 2021.
The stress of having a baby has been amplified during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the study, and the cost of giving birth is at the top of the list.
To find its data, WalletHub compared the 50 states and District of Columbia across four key dimensions: 1 – cost, 2 – healthcare, 3 – baby-friendliness, and 4 – family-friendliness using 31 relevant metrics, each graded on a 100-point scale.
The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.
Here’s how the data stacks up for having a baby in South Carolina: (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
• 28th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
• 25th – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
• 40th – Infant Mortality Rate
• 46th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
• 50th – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
• 18th – Pediatricians & Family Medicine Physicians per Capita
• 22nd – Child-Care Centers per Capita
• 38th – Parental-Leave Policy Score
• 23rd – Positive COVID-19 Testing Rate in the Past Week
Overall, South Carolina ranks #29 on the list just behind Louisiana and before Alabama.
As for the best places to have a baby in the U.S., Massachusetts, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia top the list. Mississippi was ranked the worst state to have a baby in the United States. You can see the full list here.