Boston Ranked Best City in America to Have a Baby
The city of Boston has been ranked the top city in America to have a baby, according to a survey conducted by the magazine Fit Pregnancy. The magazine shared the results of its survey on NBC's Today show on Wednesday.
Fit Pregnancy surveyed the top 50 U.S. cities for its report and cited Boston's outstanding healthcare resources and the low infant mortality rates as among the factors contributing to city's top ranking.
"We are fortunate to have a robust network of community health centers and hospitals that is second to none," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, commenting on the report. "We're also lucky to have a Public Health Commission that makes the health of women and their children a top priority," added the Mayor.
The ranking for Boston came one day after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) released updated figures for infant mortality in the state. Boston's infant mortality rate has been steadily declining over the past several years, and preliminary data released by the MDPH show the lowest mortality rate for infants in Boston's history.
Lowering the infant mortality rate has been a priority for Boston health officials, especially in the Black and Latino communities where there remains a troubling disparity when compared to the infant mortality rate for White babies.