Baby-making isn't as easy as MTV's Teen Mom makes it look. And apparently, your geographic location may be making it harder for you to conceive, especially if you need medical assistance such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The National Infertility Association (NIA) just released their second annual “state fertility scorecard” of the U.S. that analyzed each state based on the following criteria: whether the state offers insurance coverage for IVF, the number of fertility specialists available, and the prevalence of peer-led infertility support groups. Researchers also tracked the number of women per state who have trouble getting pregnant or carrying the baby full-term to live birth.
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Results show that the best places to become a mama are Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. These five states also ranked the highest last year in the inaugural scorecard. The worst states for couples who are looking to procreate are Alaska, New Hampshire, and Wyoming—a new low for these states, which were not on the bottom in 2013. That means last year's anti-family states, which included Missouri, Kentucky, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Georgia, saw a boost in their fertility numbers over the last 12 months. Find the complete 2014 scorecard here.
The point of this research isn't to get people to move if they want to have kids. The goal, as Barbara Collura, the president and CEO of Resolve (the NIA advocacy group behind this scorecard), told Time.com, is to “motivate people to take action to improve their state’s fertility friendliness.” One way you can help improve your state's score is by launching a support group near you. Visit Resolve's website for more on how to get started.