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The opioid crisis in America is one that has reached mass proportions. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the sale of opioid painkillers in the United States has tripled from 1999 to 2010. Enough prescriptions were written in 2010 to medicate every adult in the country around the clock for one month (Center for Rural Pennsylvania, 2015).

When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today.