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Tennessee not one of the best place to have a baby

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study on giving birth in Tennessee suggests cheaper isn’t always better.

The personal finance website Wallethub.com has released a report that ranks 2015’s Best and Worst places to Have a Baby.

Tennessee ranks below average at 32nd out of the 50 States. The Volunteer State got high marks from Wallethub for its below average costs for having and caring for newborns.

But Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tennesseans get what they pay for. She says the state ranked 40th among the 50 states with regard to what she calls a “baby friendly environment,” and 44th in terms of healthcare.

“We’re seeing a couple of things that were pretty alarming. We’re seeing a lot of low birthweight. About nine percent of all babies born have that low birth weight; under seven pounds. I think a lot of that has to do with the high rate of preterm births. That’s about 13 percent now in Tennessee.”

Gonzalez notes that the United States has the highest birthing costs in the world at about $10,000 for a so-called “conventional delivery.”

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