A lesbian couple have complained about a midwife who referred to a duty as a 'fella's role'
The duo told hospital bosses they are too uncomfortable to return to the sessions and were given one-to-one sessions.
Hospital documents revealed the midwife had kept referring to the "fella's role" during the antenatal classes
The document said: "The midwife hosting the class kept referring to the 'fella's role' during the labour process.
"The patient is in a same sex relationship and felt this terminology was inappropriate, and that same-sex couples or single mothers could be made to feel uncomfortable.
"The community midwives have been reminded not to use this terminology and to only use the word 'partner' in future classes.
"One-to-one parentcraft sessions have also been arranged for the couple as they felt uncomfortable returning to the class."
The couple had attended a antenatal class at the Blackpool Victoria hospital
The community midwives have been reminded not to use this terminology and to only use the word 'partner' in future classes.
A spokeswoman for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said there was no additional cost for the one-to-one session.
The spokeswoman added: "All our midwifery care is individualised to the family."
The Trust said they didn't have a written policy on how staff should speak to patients and their families.
Last month the British Medical Association came under fire after publishing guidance over the use of a raft of words that were considered to be potentially "discriminatory".
The couple will now have one-to-one sessions at the hospital rather than in a shared group
It said: "You should avoid references to a person's gender except where it is relevant in a discussion."
The guidance suggested using "neutral" language when speak about family unless their is certainty over which gender to use.
It added: "For example, use the word 'partner' instead of 'wife' or 'husband', 'parent' instead of 'mum' or 'dad', and 'child' instead of 'son' or 'daughter'.
Hospital documents suggested only the word 'partner' will be used in future classes
"You can also mix up the word order in common expressions, eg instead of saying, 'men and women', use 'women and men'."
The BMA guidance added that words and phrases that reinforce stereotypes, cause discomfort or offence, or exclude certain groups of people through assumptions, could be considered discriminatory.
Tony Williams, opposition leader on Blackpool Council said: "It would have been an innocent comment and there would have been no intention to offend.
"I can understand if people feel offended or left out but I feel in this instance it would have been without malice. Both sides should draw a line under this and carry on."
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