San Francisco Ranks #1 on Best Cities to Have Babies List


San Francisco Ranks #1 on Best Cities to Have Babies List


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today San Francisco is considered to be the best city to have babies by  San Francisco ranks higher than other cities such as Portland in Oregon, Rochester in New York, and Sacramento in California.  For the scores to rank first on the list, San Francisco received 87 for prenatal support, 77 for pregnancy-friendly environment, and 99 for healthcare for new moms and babies. points out that San Francisco is a great place for active families because there are 182 playgrounds, 82 recreation centers and 60 soccer fields, plus 43 named hills to go up and down and up and down!  More about what makes San Francisco the best city to have babies, please see link:


“Healthy recreation and clean and safe parks help our children and families thrive in the City,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “We are proud that SF Rec and Park is the reason why people would want to raise their children in San Francisco.”


“Let’s face it, having a baby is joyful, exciting, life-changing — but it’s never easy,” said Heidi Murkoff of “It truly takes a village — or in the case of San Francisco, a truly supportive and enlightened city — to help parents tackle the challenges of bringing a baby into the world.  I’m so happy to give a shout out — and a big round of hugs — to San Francisco for really putting the health, happiness, and wellbeing of families first.  By nurturing families, San Francisco is helping us nurture the future — and there’s no better investment than that!”


According to, researcher looked at the 100 largest cities by population, then ranked each city on a 100-point scale using three standards: the prenatal support expectant parents receive, the impact of the city’s environment on the pregnancy/new-parent experience, and the availability and quality of health care for expectant mothers, newborns, and new moms.


In addition,’s Prenatal-Support Index considered hospitals and clinics that actively encourage breastfeeding, offer childbirth-education classes, and provide childbirth educators certified by the International Childbirth Education Association.  It also factored in the number of doulas, midwives, ob-gyns, and La Leche League chapters in each city.


Overall, the Pregnancy-Friendly Environment Index considered negatives such as air pollution and Superfund sites (where the federal government has identified hazardous waste) as well as positives like farmers markets, walkability, the presence of YMCAs, and the number of baby-supply stores, such as Babies”R”Us, per capita.


The Health Care for New Moms and Babies Index looked at indicators such as the rates of infant mortality, low birth weight, preterm births, C-sections, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), the number of new moms with diabetes, and the number of successful in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles reported in each city. also considered the percentage of moms who ever breastfed in each metropolis and those who were still breastfeeding at six and 12 months.

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