POST-NATAL

D Seest, email

A COUPLE went to the hospital to have a baby. The doctor told them the hospital had just acquired a new machine that would automatically transfer a portion of the motherís labour pain to the father. He asked if the husband was willing to try it out. The husband was keen to ease his wifeís pain, so agreed to give it a try.

So the doctor set the knob at 10 per cent for starters, explaining that even 10 per cent was probably more pain than the man had ever experienced before.

But as the labour progressed, the man said he was feeling perfectly fine, so the doctor cranked the machine up to 25 per cent pain transfer.

The husband was still feeling fine. The doctor told the husband he was amazed at how well he was doing, so they decided to try for 50 per cent. Still the husband continued to feel okay, and encouraged the doctor to transfer all the pain to him.

So the wife ended up delivering a healthy baby, all with virtually no pain. She and her husband were thrilled.

When they got home, they found the mailman dead on the porch.