by Franki Ho
by Franki Ho
dadibabe builds a bond between the fetus and its father.
The length of pregnancy of a woman is about nine months. In these nine months, women experience manifold physical and psychological changes. They can feel the fetus, its development, movement, and wellbeing directly in their uterus; and the other way round, the fetus also can feel her mother. It is believed that that is how the close bonding between the fetus and its mother would be built before giving birth.
However, how about the father of the fetus? Unfortunately, unlike their female partner, males do not have the direct everyday connection with the fetus and therefore they cannot feel the actual presence or development of the fetus. What he can only do is softly touching or rubbing the belly of his wife, or put the ear on the belly to hear what is happening inside. In fact, there are not much ways for a father to connect with the fetus or “baby” as we fairly referring to in the next nine months. In the worst situation, some men have to work oversea and leave their pregnant wife alone. Then, the minimal physical linkage between them and the baby is cut. Eventually, the men would feel sad and lose the working motivation.
“dadibabe” is a little and easy-carry “egg” for a father-to-be. Because of the design setting of the egg, when the soft light of the egg is turned on, a shadow of the fetus appears on the outside of the eggshell. The fetus’s shape will transform very slowly day by day which represents the growth of the fetus. Dads can feel the heartbeat and warmth by touching the egg. And the virtual fetus inside the egg also will show its reaction to the father accordingly such that the heartbeat of the fetus would speed up to show its happiness and excitement of getting dad’s attention and care.
Furthermore, when the man’s ear is close to the egg, he can listen to the regular heartbeat. This setting replicates the experience of the man hearing the baby from his wife’s belly. Father is recommended to carry the egg everywhere. When he misses the baby, he can take it out to build the bonding by touching the egg anytime.
By the end of the pregnancy months, the man would be mentally well-prepared to be a dad as he has experienced looking after his baby from the beginning of his wife’s pregnancy journey, such as feeling its temperature, its movement and watching its growth. So, “dadibabe” is the connection between Daddy and Baby.