2015's Best and Worst States to Have a Baby considers costs in three areas: budget, health care, and baby-friendly environment. Measures in the categories include Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges, Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges, Average Annual Infant-Care Costs, and Average Annual Wage of Pediatricians (budget); Infant Death Rate, Maternal Mortality Rate, and Number of Midwives & Obstetrician-Gynecologists per 100,000 Residents (health care); and Air Pollution, Number of Superfund Sites per 100,000 Residents, and Number of Child Care Centers per 100,000 Residents (baby-friendly environment).
DC fared poorly in the budget ranking (49) and the health care ranking (41) budget excelled in baby-friendliness (3). The District took first place in the metric "Number of Midwives & Obstetrician-Gynecologists per 100,000 Residents."
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