'; } // return array of supporters (Supporter,Link), selected randomly function randomSupporters($limit = false) { $sql = "Select * from ActiveSupporters"; if ($limit) $sql .= " limit $num"; $result = mysql_query($sql); $res = array(); if ($result) { while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result)) { $link = trim($row['Website'] != ''?$row['Website']: ($row['FacebookFollowing']?$row['Facebook']: ($row['TwitterFollowing']?$row['Twitter']: ($row['GooglePlusFollowing']?$row['GooglePlus']: ($row['OtherSocialMedia']?$row['OtherSocialMedia']:false) ) ) ) ); if ($link && strncasecmp($link,'http:',5)) $link = 'http://'.$link; $res[] = array('Supporter'=>$row['GroupName'],'Link'=>$link); } } return $res; } // return Weekly Audience Average function weeklyAudienceAverage() { $sql = "select * from BrochureGeneral where Dname='WeeklyAudienceAverage'"; $result = mysql_query($sql); $row = mysql_fetch_array($result); if ($row) return $row['DValue']; } ?> Maine Ranks Third in Nation for Having Baby Affordably / Public News Service

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Maine Ranks Third in Nation for Having Baby Affordably

Nothing to cry about: a new survey ranks Maine third in the nation for the affordability of having a baby. (Ernest F.)
Nothing to cry about: a new survey ranks Maine third in the nation for the affordability of having a baby. (Ernest F.)
August 11, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's no secret that August is a big month for children being born, across the nation, but Mainers may be surprised to learn that their state offers some of the lowest childbirth-related costs in the nation.

Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for the online survey group Wallet Hub, says Maine ranks near the top, both for conventional deliveries and for moms who have cesarean births.

"Cesarean delivery charges run about $13,000,” Gonzalez points out. “Most other states are $10,000 more than that. Conventional delivery, anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on complications, second most affordable in the country."

A WalletHub survey ranks Maine number three in the nation overall, for best states to deliver a baby, using 17 key metrics about the cost and availability of services in all 50 states.

Gonzalez says Maine also gets high marks for providing the resources available for moms who are about to, or have just delivered, a baby.

"Number one when it comes to the number of obstetricians and gynecologists per capita,” she states. “So, that would be very accessible to expecting mothers. And the maternal mortality ratio is the absolute lowest in the country, so, definitely some peace of mind there."

Other metrics in the survey include the annual cost of infant care, hospital delivery charges and the number of pediatricians per capita.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - ME