Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences that a woman can go through in her life. It's a pain that men don't have the chance to experience, and sadly never will. Because of this gender discrepancy it can easily create some resentment and animosity in relationships during pregnancy. Now though, one hospital in China is trying to level the playing field by offering fathers to be the opportunity to experience what childbirth actually feels like.
At the Aima maternity hospital in eastern China, expectant fathers can enroll in the "Pain Experience Camp," for a chance to feel the pain of childbirth.
Hospital officials say they created the Pain Experience Camp in response to expectant mothers complaining about a lack of empathy from their partners. Since the camp opened in November, over 300 men have signed up. The hospital has even opened up a second Pain Experience Camp at a local shopping mall.
Part of the lack of empathy with a preganat partner in China is cultural. Compared to America and Europe, Chinese men have traditionally played a much smaller role in the pregnancy process.