Three married men in Shanghai who decided that they wanted to experience childbirth in the way that a woman would took it a step further than strapping on a labor pain simulators.
From disposing of meconium to changing diapers, breast feeding and nursing the infants, the men got to enjoy the miracle of motherhood for 10 whole days from within the confines of a local childbirth preparation center.
According to CCTV News, the men weren’t allowed to use their cell phones, watch TV or even go outside, leaving them feeling “dispirited, lonely and homesick sometimes”.
Last November, a group of men from Shandong province who wanted to experience motherhood were hooked up to a childbirth simulator during a “Pain Experience Camp”. Many volunteers were reduced to tears after minutes of “contractions” created by stimulation machines.
“It was really incredibly painful and I only had it for a few minutes,” one of the male participants said. “If it went on for hours I don’t know if I’d be able to bear it.”
by Dan Cunningham