Are Men More Traumatized By Childbirth Than Women?

Childbirth is terrifying. Yes, bringing a child into this world is one of the most meaningful and exhilarating experiences a woman could go through (not that I personally know, sorry), but there’s no denying that it’s scary.

A child is… well, pretty big. And the means of a child exiting your body are completely painful. I’ve seen enough movies to be an expert by now. If a childbirthing experience is anything like the movie "Knocked Up," I’m an expert by now.

Women are the ones doing all of the work, and suffering all of the pain, on their own -- but what about the men? Can a man be just as traumatized, if not more traumatized, during childbirth than a woman?

I’ve heard countless instances of men passing out or having to be escorted out of the birthing room, because they couldn’t handle the process. Doesn’t this seem a bit ridiculous? I mean after all, they’re just watching.

Well, apparently not. According to a new study conducted by Oxford University, complicated childbirths can be just as traumatic, if not more so for dads than they are for moms.

Researchers believe that this could be attributed to the fact that men do not understand the female body, and often times think something horrible is happening to their significant others at the sight of blood or anything ‘abnormal.’

There’s a simple solution to this problem. Get involved, and learn about what your lady will be going through when it comes to childbirth. This should make it easy on both of you.

Ally Batista | Elite.

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