Making childbirth easier
January 19, 2011 6:13 AM Subscribe
What is the term for the ritual in which men simultaneously enact childbirth in order to take away some of the pain their wives are undergoing?
posted by tavegyl to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
While a woman is giving birth, her spouse is in the next room pretending to give birth. This is supposed to help him share the pain of childbirth.
I learned the term for this ritual at university in a folklore class. It was an extraordinarily useful word, but now I've forgotten it. Any idea what this ritual is called, and the name of a book or article which describes it? It might have been a French word, and it might have been a Papua New Guinean culture (though PNG is a safe guess for unusual cultural practices, so I might be mis-remembering this).