Every male who has been blessed with the privilege of being present or assisting while his partner gave birth, has said a silent prayer for being male – particularly the first time, should he dare to repeat the experience.
As the years creep by, he may periodically return to that event – typically with a miasma of emotion. However, out of that pain usually there have been currents of great joy. Like all other men, I have only been a spectator.
It is a weak metaphor but creating a piece of writing is for me, the closest I will ever come. Weak yes, but still a glimpse.