Study: Oklahoma ranked 5th worst state to have a baby

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OKLAHOMA – A study has ranked Oklahoma once again as the 5th worst state to have a baby.

On Monday, personal-finance website WalletHub released its ‘2019’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.’

Last year, WalletHub ranked Oklahoma as the 5th worst state to have a baby.

WalletHub says they compared the 50 states, and the District of Columbia, across 30 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby- and family- friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

The top five worst states to have a baby:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Alabama
  3. South Carolina
  4. Louisiana
  5. Oklahoma

The top five best states to have a baby:

  1. Vermont
  2. Massachusetts
  3. North Dakota
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Minnesota

Having a baby in Oklahoma (1= best; 25=average)

  • Cost rank – 44
  • Healthcare rank – 46
  • Baby-friendliness rank – 24
  • Family-friendliness rank – 42

Part of the study also names Oklahoma as the 5th state with the highest infant-mortality rate and the top state with the fewest midwives and OB-GYNs per capita.

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