ANCHORAGE -

Anchorage was recently ranked as one of the best cities in America to have a baby.

What to Expect is an online publication that provides information to parents during and after pregnancy, and the editors rated Anchorage No. 8 in the nation.

Cities were judged based on the level of parental support available, whether there is a pregnancy-friendly environment and healthcare options for babies and new moms.

Anchorage received its highest score for healthcare, in part because of Providence Alaska Medical Center, a facility that delivers about 250 babies each month.

In addition to opening a new 85,000-square-foot maternity center, Providence is home to the state's only level three neonatal intensive care unit, which means the facility can provide  advanced care for even the smallest and sickest babies.

“Providence is a great place to have a baby,” said Jennifer Aist, manager of Providence's maternity outpatient services. “From the moment they’re pregnant, we have prenatal classes for them that takes them to the point of delivery.”

Along with Providence, the Family Birth Center at Alaska Regional Hospital was noted for its spacious birthing suites, rocking chairs and private bathrooms.

The Alaska Native Medical Center maternity ward also received praise for what it is doing to provide high-quality care for Native women.