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Best Cities to Have a Baby

January 24, 2008

Fit Pregnancy has released its updated “Best Cities in America to Have a Baby” rankings, compiled based on the following factors: access to hospitals/doctors; affordability; birthing options; breastfeeding; child care; fertility laws/resources; maternal and infant health risk; parks/stroller friendliness; safety.

This year’s winner was Portland, followed by Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver. My own city ranked 33rd, just below D.C. Among the factors weighing Nashville down:
-“Compared to other states, Tennessee has among the least generous family-leave and disability laws in our survey.”
-“12 percent of pregnant women here receive late or inadequate prenatal care. That’s the 4th worst score in our survey, compared to an average of 5 percent.”
-“By six months of age, 67 percent of Nashville-Davidson babies aren’t being breastfed at all. That’s the 8th poorest percentage of any city in our report. The average for cities in our survey is 57 percent.”

Reports with details such as those above are available for each city on the list. For more personalized information, you can choose the factors that are most important to you, and the rankings will be adjusted accordingly.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2008 12:57 pm

    That’s very interesting reading. Do you know if this sort of study was carried out anywhere else? I’d be interested to know how the results compare.

  2. April 8, 2008 12:46 am

    I was always told the California was one of the best states because it was so progressive. Now that I moved here I should have stayed in Oregon. We have a disabled child and California is always a fight for to get my child assistance, especially the schools.

  3. May 29, 2008 9:22 am

    They need to do such a study in Australia. I will let you know Juliette is I can find any such thing here and what the results are. http://www.primetuning.com.au Elaine Croker

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