Maine drops 5 spots on ‘Best places to have a baby’ ranking, but stays in the top 10

A year ago, WalletHub — a finance website which regularly ranks the 50 states based on wide ranges of data analyses — named Maine the second best state in America to have a baby.

Twelve months later, the site crunched the numbers again and found that — at least according to these criteria — Maine had dropped down to No. 7.

The Pine Tree State remains solidly in the top 10, so expectant mothers shouldn’t necessarily run for the border. The state still gets high marks for having low delivery costs — No. 2 in the country in terms of low-cost conventional deliveries, and No. 6 in terms of cesarean deliveries — as well as its number of midwives and OB-GYNs per capita (also No. 6 nationally).

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Our staffer who wrote about the WalletHub ranking last year was herself a recent mom, and she said her non-medicated delivery costs at a Maine hospital were around $6,000 — significantly lower than the national average of $9,700.

Maine is also in the top half of all states in terms of how generous WalletHub found our parental leave policies (No. 11), as well as our rates of low birth weights (No. 18) and number of pediatricians per capita (no. 19).

It fell into the bottom half of states — at No. 28 — when scored by average annual infant care costs.

Be aware, there are many ways to slice and dice the data, and depending on what you decide to prioritize, you might come up with a different ranking of which states are the best ones in which to have babies. This is the way one team of researchers approached it, but it’s not the only way, so consider this a conversation starter.

Scroll over the states below to see how they rank, with No. 1 being the best state to have a baby, according to WalletHub:

Source: WalletHub