John Roberts supports his wife Kate during contractions, while family friend Rachel Dickinson (left) applies acupressure for pain relief. Fathers were excluded from the birth of their children until the second half of the 20th century. Some maternity hospitals allowed fathers to be present in the 1950s, but it was not until the early 1970s that this became standard practice.
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