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

For many fathers, the birth of a child is a hugely emotional moment. But not that long ago, few fathers were allowed to participate in the process.
Until the 1970s, most U.S. hospitals did not allow fathers into the delivery room for the birth of a child, or children. Source: Bettmann

At a childbirth class at Doula Love in Portland, Ore., a half-dozen pregnant women lean on yoga balls. Their partners are right behind them, learning how to apply pressure for a pelvic massage. Together, they go over the stages of labor, birthing positions, and breathing techniques.

Cole Cooney, who is expecting his second child, says he can't imagine missing the birth. Not just because

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