Nurse midwife Danielle Kraessig seen meeting with Yakini Branch at the PCC South Family Health Center in Berwyn, Ill., in early 2013. While the federal law requires insurers to cover maternity services, birthing centers and midwifery services aren't always included. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome

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Up till now, all babies have had two genetic parents. That could soon change. Klöpper & Eisenschmidt GbR/iStockphoto hide caption

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Scientists Question Safety Of Genetically Altering Human Eggs

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Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed the law enacting the state's latest phase of health care on August 6, 2012. Eric Haynes/Governor Deval Patrick's Office hide caption

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Massachusetts Launches Health Care Shopping Experiment

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Exercise helps lower stroke risk, but birth control pills and pregnancy can be problematic for younger women. iStockphoto hide caption

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Playing outside can help kids — and their parents — maintain a healthy weight. iStockphoto hide caption

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Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten

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We know it's not really about Mr. Stork. But we might not be up to speed on key aspects of conception. Jens Bonnke/ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Choose wisely: What Mom eats during pregnancy can set the stage for obesity in her baby. Meg Vogel/NPR hide caption

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Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity?

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Before you get too far along, you should get a blood test for diabetes. Emiliano Rodriguez/iStockphoto hide caption

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In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

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In a study of 4,000 pregnant women, fish accounted for only 7 percent of blood mercury levels. JackF/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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That's how it's supposed to work. But for most new moms, breast-feeding doesn't come easily, a study finds. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Does a glass or two of wine during pregnancy really increase the child's health risks? Epigenetics may help scientists figure that out. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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How A Pregnant Woman's Choices Could Shape A Child's Health

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Pregnant doctors are less likely than other women to deliver their babies via C-section, recent research suggests. Economists say that may be because the physician patients feel more empowered to question the obstetrician. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

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