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'One in 20 fathers' avoids being present for child's birth

One in five fathers avoids being in the delivery room when their baby is born, according to a new poll of around 500 parents.

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Dads 'want to share experience of birth with partner'

Fathers are more likely to be in the delivery room for their child's birth today partly because of the increase in family planning in recent decades, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas).

"Comprehensive family planning services mean couples today are able to make decisions about the timing and size of their families, and become parents together through choice, not by accident," said Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at charity bpas.

"Far from feeling forced into the delivery suite, dads want to be there to share the experience and support their partner," she added.

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