How might we enhance the emotional experience of pregnancy for fathers?
Bloom is a smart device that monitors the health of the fetus and facilitates the fathers to bond with their unborn child.
The birth of a child is a very special occasion in a couple's life. However, the bulk of the experience belongs to the mother as she is bearing the baby. The fathers miss out on the experience of connecting with the baby while it's still growing inside the mother. This makes it difficult for them to adjust to the new role of a parent after birth. During our research, we found that the absence of a physical connection holds the fathers back from emotionally bonding with the child. So we decided to give the fetus a physical personification even before its birth.
Scope : 2 weeks
Category : IoT
Team : Abhinav Sircar
The Bloom eco system consists of (1) a wireless fetal heart rate and movement sensor (2) the physical object which personifies the fetus and (3) a dedicated app support. The sensor continuously picks up real time data and pushes it into the cloud for health monitoring and keeping a record of baby vitals. The app becomes the interface for interacting with that information, and our physical smart device mirrors the information in visual perceivable form.
HOW IT WORKS
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
During our secondary research, we found enough evidences which suggested the importance of the bond between fathers and the unborn baby.
Infants whose fathers were absent— and had no involvement in the pregnancy— were more likely to be born with lower birth weight and to be born prematurely.
When there's a healthy attachment between baby and parent, the baby comes to believe that the world is a safe place. This is the beginning of the establishment of trust
It is important for new fathers to bond with the baby in the utero as this would help them forge a strong bond and make adjustment to fatherhood after the baby’s birth a little easier.