Mothers & Babies

Thursday 31 July 2014

Difficult birth: Henry gives up after just over two hours of induced 'labour' pains

Breda Hefferman

Published 27/06/2013|04:00

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Henry McKean during ‘labour’ in the Netherlands
Henry with his new ‘baby’ doll, David

A radio presenter has gone where no man has gone before and "given birth",

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After a brief labour of just over two hours, Newstalk's Henry McKean is now the proud father of a plastic doll he has named David.

The 34-year-old took part in an experiment in the Netherlands where he was attached to a series of electrodes, which, it is claimed, can simulate labour pains.

Speaking after his ordeal at The Birth Hotel, a private maternity facility in Amsterdam, Mr McKean was in a philosophical mood – although he was still riddled with "phantom pains".

"It made me broody and appreciate what women do and appreciate babies. I feel I know what life is all about," he said.

Other men who have been strapped to the machine lasted only two hours before calling it quits, so Mr McKean was pleased he managed to endure it for two hours and 15 minutes.

"It was painful, really, really tough. I broke my leg 20 years ago and it was like that. But I feel I understand ladies better," he said.

Mr McKean admitted that his "birth video" – which will be posted on YouTube later this week – was "humiliating". While he managed to avoid bursting into tears, he did resort to swearing at his "birthing partner", Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes, which sponsored the experiment.

Mr McKean's report will be broadcast on Newstalk's 'The Moncrieff Show' from 1.30pm today and on his own show, 'Under the Covers', from 8am on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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