I was expecting to experience a mix of emotions from stressed to happy while we were in the hospital for the birth of our first child (Rose). I heard the emotional experience of other fathers during the delivery day and thought it might be worth capturing these emotions objectively. Therefore, I decided to extract my experienced emotion, including stress through analysis of heart rate and heart rate variability using algorithms developed in my previous research. For this purpose, I recorded my heart rate by using a wearable ECG monitor, while we were in the hospital and waiting for her birth, I don’t want to write a scientific paper but just wanted to share my feeling with objective proof J as a gift to my wife and my daughter on her first birthday. Average heart rate during the time we were in the delivery room is shown below:
Rose, I was under high stress (Calm Index*= 48%) before you were born but when I heard your cry for the first time it was a relief and my stress level turned moderate (Calm Index= 79%). I was further relieved and relaxed (Calm Index= 89%) when I held you and mom. Actually, it was the time when we celebrated your birth together.
My feeling didn’t change, and I still have such a calm feeling when I have mom and you by me (excluding cases when you are grumpy!). Maybe I need to do the same monitoring just as a proof!
In summary, being a father is awesome, and I am thankful of God for having a chance to become your father.
* Calm Index is created based on the comparison of stress level with respect to baseline recorded in the relaxed state. 100% is extremely relaxed and 0% is extremely stressed.