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Medicaid pays the costs for about 62 percent of seniors who are living in nursing homes, some of the priciest health care available. Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM hide caption

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Until the 1970s, most U.S. hospitals did not allow fathers into the delivery room for the birth of a child, or children. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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This Father's Day, Remembering A Time When Dads Weren't Welcome In Delivery Rooms

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Lauren Bloomstein holds her newborn daughter. Courtesy of the Bloomstein Family hide caption

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Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

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Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal deaths around the world. Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to rally Republican lawmakers to vote for the American Health Care Act. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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GOP Health Bill Changes Could Kill Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

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Salma Shabaik holds her newborn son, Ali. When he was born, she held him naked against her bare skin, a practice called kangaroo care. Ali is wearing an ear cap to correct a lop ear. Morgan Walker for NPR hide caption

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Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

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Nurse-midwife Cynthia Voytas demonstrates equipment used to deliver nitrous oxide at South County Hospital in South Kingstown, R.I. Kristin Gourlay/RIPR hide caption

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Laughing Gas Gives Women Another Option To Manage Labor Pain

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Tricia Olson takes a selfie of herself and her son Augustus, or Gus, who sits in his car seat. Olson took three weeks of unpaid leave from her job at a towing company in Rock Springs, Wyo., after giving birth. Courtesy of Tricia Olson hide caption

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On Your Mark, Give Birth, Go Back To Work

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Women go through a lot in the delivery of a healthy baby. But in most cases, doctors say, an episiotomy needn't be part of the experience. Marc Romanelli/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The upshot from a study of more than 75,000 low-risk births is that "childbirth in the United States is very safe regardless of where you decide to do it," says Dr. Michael Greene, who directs obstetrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Giving Birth Outside A Hospital Is A Little Riskier For The Baby

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