MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — Having a baby in Tennessee isn’t cheap, but it is a lot less than in other parts of the country.
In Tennessee, it costs $11,686 for labor and delivery, $8,100 for childcare, and $5,432 for health Insurance.
The report said the cost of having a child could go far beyond labor and delivery. The analysts found that having a child costs between $21,000 and $37,000 in the first year, depending on where you live.
Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York are the most expensive states to have a baby, while Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi are the least expensive states to have a child. Alaska has the highest childbirth costs, West Virginia has the most expensive health insurance, and Massachusetts has the highest cost of child care.
The researchers said it costs $21,208 to have a baby in Mississippi and Arkansas about $20,637.
Below are the national average costs for childbirth, child care, and health insurance:
- Childbirth: $11,687
- Child care: $10,075
- Health insurance: $5,227
For a look at the breakdown state by state, click right here.