Georgia’s ranking likely won’t make pregnant couples very happy. The Peach State finished 43rd, with a score of just 36.30.
In each dimension, we finished:
- Cost: 30th
- Health care: 42nd
- Baby friendliness: 42nd
- Family friendliness: 40th
Georgia also ranked:
- 47th – Infant mortality rate: 47th
- 48th – Rate of low birth weight: 48th
- 24th – Midwives and OB-GYNs per capita: 24th
- 45th – Pediatricians and family medicine physicians per capita: 45th
- 38th – Child care centers per capita: 38th
- 34th – Parental leave policy score: 34th
- Positive COVID-19 testing rate in the past week: 22nd
“Having a child is expensive in and of itself. What I have observed in my research is that the single factor that is likely to cause poverty is having children,” said Elena Delavega, Ph.D., and MSW program director and associate professor at the School of Social Work at University of Memphis. “In modern society, children are liabilities. We need children, but we place the entire burden of raising the future of society on parents who may not have all the support they need. We need to return to see children as the future we all need.”
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