States ranked by access to prenatal and maternal healthcare

New England residents have the best access to high-quality prenatal and maternal care, according to a recent study from ValuePenguin.

The May 2 study analyzed six metrics in two categories (access and quality) to rank the states where residents have the best access to high-quality prenatal and maternal care: percentage of women ages 18 to 44 with health coverage, percentage of women ages 18 to 44 with a primary care provider, maternal care providers per 100,000 women age 15 and older, percentage of births with adequate prenatal care, and CDC and CMS data on the quality of hospital maternity care and OB-GYNs. 

New Hampshire had the highest overall score because of its high percentage of women of childbearing age with a primary care provider and its highly-rated OB-GYNs and hospital maternity departments.

Texas had the lowest overall score because it ranks last in the percentage of women of childbearing age who have health insurance and who have a primary care provider.

States ranked from best to worst access to high-quality prenatal and maternal care:

  1. New Hampshire 
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Vermont
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Connecticut
  6. Maryland
  7. Minnesota
  8. Kansas
  9. Oregon
  10. West Virginia
  11. Montana
  12. North Dakota
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. Delaware
  15. Michigan
  16. Virginia
  17. Maine
  18. Ohio
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Washington
  21. Indiana
  22. Alaska
  23. Colorado
  24. Illinois
  25. New York
  26. New Jersey
  27. South Carolina
  28. California
  29. Iowa
  30. North Carolina
  31. Hawaii
  32. South Dakota
  33. Kentucky
  34. Utah
  35. Arkansas
  36. Mississippi
  37. Missouri
  38. Louisiana
  39. Nebraska
  40. Arizona
  41. Oklahoma
  42. New Mexico
  43. Alabama
  44. Florida
  45. Idaho
  46. Tennessee
  47. Georgia
  48. Wyoming
  49. Nevada
  50. Texas

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