Check out this fun interactive map that ranks states by 10 key maternal health variables*:
- Access to prenatal care
- Availability of childcare services
- Number of insured moms
- Maternal mortality
- Affordability of childrens’ health insurance
- Air quality
- Family paid leave policy
- Infant mortality
- Risk of pregnancy complications
- Violent crime rate
We also created a combined average of these variables (weighted according to expert perceived importance) to get an overall ranking. So, do you know where it’s best to be a mom in the United States?
Apparently, Vermont ranks most favorably (on average) in all of these variables. Don’t live in Vermont? Check out how your state compares.
Would you like to discuss your state’s rankings with others or debate the momScore? You can post your comments in our interactive momScore community. This is a really exciting opportunity to discuss women’s health issues in a fresh new way. I hope that the momScore will challenge states to strengthen their efforts to keep moms and babies healthy. At the very least, we’ve made a lot of Vermonters quite smug.
*Variables are based on state reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Census Bureau, as well as leading non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For more information about momScore methodology, click here.This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.