The joy and pain of childbirth are memories that every mother holds on to forever. Labor pain is something that can cause mamas to regale their children and grandchildren with tales of hours-long agony. As children are reminded of the happy tears and mad pain that brought them here, dads sometimes resort to being dismissive of how much it really hurt. Others share the pain in spirit. TV shows and movies sometimes stylize labor and birth to be a melodramatic event full of moans, screams, and threats, and dads who wind up getting bitten or choked. The truth is labor pain is real, though each woman’s experience is different. Two husbands decided to challenge whether women are exaggerating or men are underestimating the pain that labor induces.
Brian and Dan set off to visit Dr. Julie Masters to try out her labor simulation machine. Once connected to the abdomen, the machine is meant to send sensations of labor contractions to the body. As they were hooked up, the men made jokes about being electrocuted for a few minutes. Yeah, that’s exactly what it felt like. Their wives were brought in to watch and support them through the experience. Early labor was introduced first, and the couples smiled and chuckled through contraction pain that was on a scale of 2-3.
How did they describe it? “That was horrible.” “The worst.” “It sucked!” When asked if it felt better than they thought it would or worse, they both agreed “Worse! A lot worse!” Brian took the opportunity to issue an apology and thanks to his mother for the pain she may have endured during his birth. Having had this experience, these men now realized that labor pain is indeed real. If they could only endure this for a few minutes, could you imagine how they would have fared after a few hours of this? Every day, strong women around the world birth humans and know that labor is demanding, rewarding work. What about you? Do you have any labor stories to share? Share with us in the comments!