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Male TV hosts learn what childbirth is like

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Two male TV hosts hook themselves up to a machine that simulates labor to see if they can handle the pain of childbirth.

It's the kind of pain that even when it's not exactly real, makes grown men cry. Up until this point, only women knew the agony of childbirth. But now two Dutch TV hosts know all the screaming they've seen in the movies isn't just an act.

As part of a stunt, the men were hooked up to a machine with electrodes stuck to their abdomen, all to simulate labor pains. Just like the real thing, the cramping - or contractions - got stronger, longer and closer together.

The men say they did it so they could better empathize with women, but not so fast. ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton says, "You can think of this as a very strong charlie horse." When asked if this simulation would be as painful as labor, she says, "My opinion is that it isn't."

ABC News showed the video to Marnette Verizino, who's five months pregnant, and her husband James. Marnette says, "There's no way for men to know unless they go through it themselves." When asked if he needed to feel the pain his wife was going through, James said, "No!"

The average labor lasts between 12 and 14 hours, but the two TV hosts only lasted about two hours.

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