Men Giving Birth? Simulated Labor Gives a Closer Experience (Video)

First Posted: May 15, 2013 03:32 PM EDT

It certainly seems fair that if you're going to give birth, your husband might want to experience some of the feeling, too, right? Well, in actuality, probably not. No matter what's said in the hospital while women are bringing new life into the world, men (at least, so far) will never, ever know the extreme struggles or joys associated with this miracle.

But, science has helped them come a bit closer. Thanks to simulated labor, men might be able to get a better feel for the excruciating pain that comes with it.

Just take a look at Dutch television show hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, who experienced the process first-hand. As the duo endured labor pains, they began yelling and clutching their abdomens in agony.

In a video clip from the show, Storm and Zeno reveal why they took on this particular challenge, explaining that giving birth is the worst pain there is. However, since men can't feel labor pains, the two men used electro-stimulations to simulate contractions so they could experience the distress for themselves.

"Do you think the pain will make us scream," Zeno asks before the shocks begin.

One of the nurses responds bluntly: "Yes, it definitely will."

Were they in for a treat.

As electrodes were attached to both of the men's abdomens, they experienced labor pains for a grueling two hours. (Although, most ladies may find themselves laughing as the general length of labor for your first child is anywhere from 12 to 18 hours, or longer!)

In the end, Zeno sums up the challenge as torture and wonders if he wants his wife to go through the same pain.

However, this isn't the first time a male TV show has experienced faux labor pains.

For instance, in 2009, Dr. Andrew Rochford went through the entire childbirth experience on the Australian TV show "What's Good For You."

Fellas, do you want to experience labor pains?

In case you do, check out this new video of men enduring simulated labor pains, courtesy of YouTube. And, even if you don't, watch anyways, for hilarity. 

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