A hospital in Jinan city, Shandong province hooked male volunteers up to a childbirth simulator during an activity on November 4 to let them experience the agony of labor pains.
The aim of the “Pain Experience Camp” was to give men a taste of the pain women endure while going into labor so that they might gain a better appreciation and respect for what they go through.
Many volunteers, whose pregnant wives sat beside them grinning diabolically, were reduced to tears after minutes of “contractions”, created with machines that stimulate the men’s abs with electric shocks.
“My wife is expecting a baby in three months, and we had a row when I told [her] not to make such a fuss,” one 29-year-old participant Guang Liao said in an interview. “When she found out about this project, she told me had to sign up for it, so I also know what is was all about.”
“It was really incredibly painful and I only had it for a few minutes,” he said. “If it went on for hours I don’t know if I’d be able to bear it.”
The idea was seemingly inspired by two Dutch TV hosts who, last year, went through two hours of simulated contractions to determine the pain, which they later described as torture.
On Mother’s Day in Nanchang city, Jiangxi province, around 20 male volunteers went on a local TV show to take part in a similar challenge. The men had to make it through 10 levels of pain ranging from 50 to 500 as the electric shocks in their abdomens became more and more intense.
The one participant who managed to make it to the 500 mark said “I am the father of triplets and wanted to understand the great pain my wife experienced when she was giving birth,” he said. “It was horrible. I have nothing but deep admiration for all mothers after this ordeal.”