Chinese hospital offers men a chance to experience the pain of child birth via electric shocks. Sharon Reich reports.
Wiu Jianlong is in a lot of pain -- he's experiencing child birth ... Well, sort of. Wiu is part of a group of expectant fathers participating in child birth simulations at the Aima hospital in China's Shandong Province. The men hope that they'll have a better understanding of what their wives will endure when they go into labor. As the electric current begin to flow, the fathers-to-be don't look happy. SOUNDBITE: Wiu Jianlong, prospective father, saying (Mandarin): "Since experiencing this, I feel like it's really not easy for a woman to give birth to a child. It's just painful, like something's coming out from your stomach, painful." SOUNDBITE: Song Siling, prospective father, saying (Mandarin): "It felt like my heart and lungs were being ripped apart. It was basically really painful, you can't even describe how painful it was." While it may have been agonizing, the simulation is just a taste of what it's like to actually give birth, explainse nurse Lou Dezhu. Yet, that can be enough to work wonders. SOUNDBITE: Nurse Lou Dezhou saying (Mandarin): "The main thing is to let men experience the pain of a woman giving birth. Even though this pain is still far less than the pain women undergo when they are giving birth. But still, if men can experience this pain then they'll be more loving and caring to their wives." And who knows what the pay off will be ... Perhaps these dad's will volunteer for diaper duty.