Kids aren't cheap. Even a conventional delivery at a U.S. hospital costs an average of $10,002, according to the International Federation of Health Plans. In addition to medical costs, the insurance and maintenance fees you have to shell out over the lifetime of a child add more to the tab.
WalletHub.com recently analyzed all 50 states (and the District of Colombia) based on budget, health care and baby-friendly environment to determine the best and worst states to have a baby in 2015. Check out the gallery below to see if your state is ranked in the top 10.
10. Alaska1 of 11
The Last Frontier would've had a legitimate shot at the top spot if it didn't finish next to last in the budget ranking. Fortunately for Alaska, it ranked sixth in health care and second in baby-friendly environment. Who knew babies and moose got along so well?
9. Iowa2 of 11
"If you build it, they will come."
In this instance, the "it" refers to child centers. Iowa has the fourth-highest number of facilities per capita. The Hawkeye State also has the lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.
8. Wyoming3 of 11
Aside from having the fourth-highest number of midwives/OB-GYNs per capita, Wyoming didn't rank near the top in many categories. But the Equality State consistently notched above average ranks, just enough to land the state at No. 8 overall.
7. Maine4 of 11
The Pine Tree State tied Maryland with the second-lowest hospital conventional-delivery charges in the country. Maine also ranked in the top 10 for health care.
6. Kentucky5 of 11
Kentucky earned the No. 1 spot in the budget category, but ranked 33rd in health care and 20th in baby-friendly environment.
5. Minnesota6 of 11
Despite having a low number of child centers per capita and high average annual infant-care costs, the Land of 10,000 Lakes ranked highly because of its fifth-place health care ranking.
In an unrelated note, Minnesota did take first place for "Coolest Welcome Sign."
4. Hawaii7 of 11
Apparently babies love a good luau, because Hawaii garnered the top spot in baby-friendly environment. The Aloha State also ranked near the middle for its health care and budget.
3. Oregon8 of 11
Oregon takes the bronze when it comes to having a baby. The Beaver State only ranked 38th in terms of budget, but a 14th place finish in the baby-friendly environment category and the No. 2 health care ranking helped Oregon finish in the top three.
2. North Dakota9 of 11
North Dakota is one of the most consistent states, as it ranked 14th in health care and 10th in budget and baby-friendly environment. The upper Dakota also boasts the second lowest hospital cesarean-delivery charges and the lowest hospital conventional-delivery charges in the U.S.
1. Vermont10 of 11
Vermont is the only state with top five finishes in more than one category, ranking No. 5 in baby-friendly environment and No. 1 in health care. The Green Mountain State also has the third lowest infant-death rate, the second highest number of midwives/OB-GYNs per capita, and the highest number of pediatricians and child centers per capita in the nation.