A hospital in China has come up with a novel way of getting would be father’s to understand exactly what their pregnant partners are going through - by offering them the chance to experience child birth.
Aima Hospital in China's eastern Shandong Province, has devised an innovative system that is supposed recreate the pain that a women experiences during childbirth, by administering electric shocks through pads attached to the men’s stomachs.
The voltage is then cranked up from one to ten and usually results in the men writhing around in agony and begging for the pain to stop.
According to staff at the hospital, the idea came about after a number of female patients complained that they were not getting enough sympathy from their partners.
So, instead of trying to explain how hard carrying and giving birth to a child was, they decided to show them.
The hospital began by offering short taster sessions to couples, but these have proved so popular that groups are now run every other week at the hospital.
"It felt really painful,” said Song Siling who was brought to the session by his wife, “ I feel like giving birth to a child is actually really not that easy, 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"
His wife and mother-to-be Liu Yun had little sympathy, she said: "Before if they hadn't had this pain experience, they'd probably feel like giving birth to a child it not exactly difficult, they probably feel like it's just giving birth, right? right?"
Despite the scores of men complaining about the pain, nurse Lou Dezhu who runs the session said that the discomfort the men felt was still just shadow of what women have to go through.
She said: "For this experience 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 experienced by women when they are giving birth, but still, if men can experience this pain then they'll be more loving and caring to their wives."
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