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FATHERS are being airbrushed out of parenting advice by politically correct NHS bosses, a leading think-tank has warned.
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has hit out at NHS documents which have replaced “fathers” in their antenatal guidelines with “birthing partners”.
The concerns have been raised as the think-tank published a report which reveals that seven out of 10 fathers say they are made to feel like “a spare part” during the pregnancy period.
Meanwhile there are fears that absent fathers or a lack of a father figure is the biggest problem, causing anti-social behaviour and even criminality in children and teenagers.
Last night the NHS dismissed claims that it is pushing away fathers, citing examples of hundreds of mentions on different websites.
However the CSJ highlighted one NHS website headlined “your pregnancy and baby guide” listing the word “father” once as one of the options for a “birthing partner”, along with “a close friend, partner, or a relative”.
The think-tank said it was an example of a growing