They are realistic, life-like babies dolls that were designed to ease the pain of grieving women mourning for their lost infant or children due to unexpected accidents or other causes. The ‘Reborn Babies’ come with realistic looks of mohair, veins, nails, eyelashes and touch of saliva at the corner of the mouth.
Over 5 years as a reborn artist, Deborah King, the original creator of reborn babies foresee the art could grow and develop, and over the years, she has sold the reborn babies dolls to collectors all over the world and got to know many lovely people.
Deborah King’s Reborn Babies have become popular in both Britain and United States, as reported by Daily Mail, these dolls are so life-like that in America and elsewhere, police have smashed car windows to rescue these ‘infants’ that left-strapped into baby seats.
The Lifelike ‘Reborn babies‘ first appear to the public during the reborn babies fair in Brentwood, Essex earlier this year. Half of the reborn babies’ graphic designer, Briton Nikki Hun told the media that she had created the reborn babies mainly to help women that mourn over lost of child, even though the market is basically consists of clients that were passionate about dolls.
One example is Eve Hasty, a 57-year-old American that had bought ‘Abby’ in Britain for about USD300 (GBP180), and said ‘Abby’ reminded her about her seven-year-old daughter who died of leukaemia.
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However, the lifelike dolls have divided the opinion of psychologists.
‘Reborn babies for sale’: Plastic heads and limbs of the dolls, which are made to look like real babies, for sale at a fair in Essex Ingrid Collins was quoted by the paper as saying that the ‘reborn babies’ risked creating more problems than they resolved: ‘When you have mourned your child, what do you do with the doll? Do you bury it?
‘If people have lots of love to give and no baby, there are lots of living human beings who need care,’ she said.
However, Sandra Wheatley said the doll could be a ‘tool’ to help parents mourn the loss of their child and could be healthy as long as it wasn’t used for too long.