Simulating labour: weird or wonderful?

There’s been lots of media buzz of late about men keen to get a slice of the birthing action going through a ‘simulated labour’ in Holland. You can see a couple of Dutch guys giving it a try here and watch a little of Henry McKean’s 2 hour 15 minute ‘birth’ here.

So, what do we think about this. Media stunt? Definitely! An attempt to understand and support women better? Possibly. A potential chat-up line generator? God no.

Journalist Daisy Waugh and I spent a bit of time laughing with/at Henry on BBC World News last week. You can watch us trying to make the odd serious comment (from some quite different points of view) here:

Milli Hill’s new column in Best Daily reckons these videos just reinforce negative messages about birth and are a showcase for a long list of ‘what not to do in labour.’

What do you reckon? I’d love to know.

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