As women, we’re lucky to live in a country where — for the most part — it’s medically safe for us to be pregnant and have babies. It’s something we don’t often think about, possibly even take for granted. But it’s one of the freedoms I’m grateful for this 4th of July. Yes, things can, and do, go wrong. But with the availability of sterile hospitals, alternative birthing options, and laws that protect our rights when it comes to birth and breastfeeding, ours is a country that is one of the safest overall for expecting mothers.
Even within our country, some places stand out for going above and beyond for the safety of pregnant women and their birthing experiences and options. Thanks to a survey conducted by FitPregnancy, we now know where in America its best to be pregnant and give birth.
After the jump, check out the Top 10 American Cities for Pregnancy & Birth. Did yours make the cut? Mine didn’t, sadly. If I didn’t just move, maybe I’d consider relocating…
Portland, OR 1 of 10Portland has a vast amount of OB-GYNs and doulas are incredibly popular there, so pregnant women have plenty of options when it comes to their birthing plans. The city also has incredibly low rates of maternal mortality and low-birth weights for newborns. All good news for expecting moms!
Photo: Howard Hecht
Boston, MA 2 of 10
Minneapolis, MN 3 of 10
San Francisco, CA 4 of 10
Denver, CO 5 of 10
Seattle, WA 6 of 10
Omaha, NE 7 of 10
Charlotte, NC 8 of 10Charlotte is another affordable city for pregnant women and their families. Additionally, the city has high scores for family-friendly employers, and state law mandates that each newborn in tested for eight treatable disorders as recommended by the March of Dimes
Photo: Antony Mayfield
Colorado Springs, CO 9 of 10This is the second city in Colorado to make FitPregnancy's list, which is good news for expecting moms living in Colorado! Colorado Springs has an abundance of outdoor-accessible activities, with countless trails and "stroller-friendly pathways" for pregnant women to enjoy before and after the baby arrives.
Photo: Beverly & Pack
Sacramento, CA 10 of 10
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