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Man Experiences Labor Pain After Challenging His Wife, Started Respecting Women More!

One fine day Tom Mitchelson spoke the wrong words. Words so wrong, he had to challenge himself to go through the labour pain of pregnancy. It all started when Tom and his wife Jenny were having a talk about the hospital experience of the day their son Leo was born. When the topic came to labor, Tom said, 'The worst thing was having to stay in a hospital for 24 hours after he was born.' remembering his sleepless night sitting on a plastic chair. Jenny wasn't happy at all with his statement. She asked, 'You think that was the worst thing about the experience?' He knew she was offended.

Suddenly, an idea came to his mind. Why not go through the pain once rather than being told that women are just better at enduring pain. According to him, why should men be challenged on a topic they'll never have yo go through. The British couple searched for a clinic in Amsterdam and took an appointment for the same. Thus began a man's journey towards getting the experience of distress and physical agony of labor pains.

Man Experiences Labor Pain After Challenging His Wife, Started Respecting Women More!

Man Experiences Labor Pain After Challenging His Wife, Started Respecting Women More!

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All what women go through.

All what women go through.

Tom, father of 6-month-old Leo, was excited to feel the pain his wife Jenny went through during the birth of their child.

Tom, father of 6-month-old Leo, was excited to feel the pain his wife Jenny went through during the birth of their child.

The appointment was made in a Birth Hotel in Amsterdam, which basically is a private birthing center, designed to give women the most natural birth possible.

A simulation machine was attached to Tom's abdomen.

A simulation machine was attached to Tom's abdomen.

Here's how the entire set-up of the simulation machine, technically known as RSQ1 looks like.

Here's how the entire set-up of the simulation machine, technically known as RSQ1 looks like.

Tom with his six-month old son Leo in the Birth Hospital.

Tom with his six-month old son Leo in the Birth Hospital.

Tom had seen his wife go through immense physical pain during pregnancy and during labor as well. According to him, she had pushed her best to bring Leo in this world, and that was indeed painful.

'Ha! Good luck. You have no idea what you're in for! It's like pain from another world.'

 ‘Ha! Good luck. You have no idea what you’re in for! It’s like pain from another world.'

'If you really believe you could cope, then give it a go,' Jenny said. So, Tom prepared himself for the upcoming challenge. Many of his female friends 'cruelly' laughed and wished him luck when he introduced his idea to them. Juliet, a friend of Tom said, 'It won't be the same. You won't have been pregnant for nine months. Labor is like climbing Everest after running a marathon.'

Tom with Kim, an expert physiotherapist who controls the birth simulation machine.

Tom with Kim, an expert physiotherapist who controls the birth simulation machine.

He was also appointed a 'midwife' Ilona, who had delivered about 2000 babies.

Jenny wipes Tom's brows during contraction to comfort him.

Jenny wipes Tom's brows during contraction to comfort him.

The birth room was airy, light colored and had a double bed with comfortable mattresses. There was also a huge tub meant for water births, but due to current electrodes attached to his body, Tom couldn't opt for the less painful birth option.

Four electrodes were attached to his skin through which current would be passed to his body.

Four electrodes were attached to his skin through which current would be passed to his body.

Kim steadily raised the frequency of electricity to simulate contractions. The intensity, length and time are varied in between in the same fashion as it happens with labor.

The three stages of labor were explained.

The three stages of labor were explained.

In Holland, doctors deliver a baby following three stages of labor, known as the 'birth' phases. These are the first, second and third phases, based on the duration, intensity and time gap of current waves sent to the body.

Stage One: When the contractions begin.

Stage One: When the contractions begin.

It's when Kim sent the electricity hurtling down the wires and into Tom's stomach. According to Tom, it was very uncomfortable and lasted about 30 seconds. It was a stinging feel.

Grading pain on the scale of 10

Grading pain on the scale of 10

Tom graded it two, but honestly thought it to be three. After seven minutes, there was another contraction. He wasn't feeling quite good but the mood in the room was jovial.

Stage Two: Longer contractions of increased intensity.

Stage Two: Longer contractions of increased intensity.

Now, the contractions repeated after every five minutes and lasted for forty-five seconds each. The room started getting dull for Tom and he yelled out in pain. Leo was so shocked to see his father in pain, he burst into tears.

Remembering how Jenny went through all this pain.

Remembering how Jenny went through all this pain.

During labor, Jenny had to go through straight 20 hours of contractions as the umbilical cord had wrapped through Leo's neck and things were getting worse. Cervix has to open up to bring the fetus out of mother's body, and the opening must be about 10 cm wide. With those contractions, Tom was equivalent of about 2 cm.

Stage Three: Stomach is pushed so hard it feels as if it would come out from the back

Stage Three: Stomach is pushed so hard it feels as if it would come out from the back

The contractions now come every three minutes and last for a minute. The intensity is tremendously increased to 500 pulsations a second. The pain was so aggressive, Tom started to cry. When Jenny held his hand and asked him to breathe, he yelled 'You breathe through it!'

Grading pain again: This time it's 9 out of 10

Grading pain again: This time it's 9 out of 10

He was exhausted because of shouting and crying like the women he had seen in the TV. He told Kim he didn't like her anymore. He kept shifting his position throughout the process but nothing reduced the pain. The contractions were so quick it was getting hard for him to breathe. Till then he was 8 cm dilated and the process would soon be over.

The most pain I have ever experienced in my life.

The most pain I have ever experienced in my life.

Tom says that this experience has made him appreciate all what women go through when giving birth to their babies. He was also glad to know how the human body looks after you in extraordinary ways.

Salute to women!

Salute to women!

He wasn't happy as women get to have a baby after going through this much of pain but all what he got was red marks on his skin at places where the electrodes were attached. But he also understood why women go through all this pain over and over. For Leo, he too would have bore the agony a thousand times over. Respect.

Here's a video of men crying in labor pain from a simulating machine.

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