5 best, worst states to have a baby in 2019

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Vermont is the best state in the U.S. to have a baby in 2019, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

To identify the best and worst states to have a baby, WalletHub analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 30 metrics that fell into one of the following four categories: cost, healthcare, baby-friendliness, and family-friendliness. The metrics range from hospital cesarean-delivery charge to infant mortality rate. Each measure was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions for expectant parents and newborns. Access additional information on the metrics used for the analysis here.

Here are the five best states to have a baby based on the analysis:

1. Vermont

2. Massachusetts

3. North Dakota

4. Rhode Island

5. Minnesota

Here are the five worst states to have a baby based on the analysis:

1. Mississippi

2. Alabama

3. South Carolina

4. Louisiana

5. Oklahoma

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