Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
7 Nov 2020
5:01 am

Fake babies help mourning moms

Marizka Coetzer

Mothers feed and bathe and even take the doll to the toilet, says model maker.

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Replica silicon babies are being birthed from artificial wombs, bathed and fed as part of doll therapy. One look at the tiny fingers and toes on these lifelike babies and it is hard to say they were made in a studio from clay and silicon. In 2012, Lenique Orsmond from Pretoria started her business, Breathless Moments, when she started making replica newborn babies from clay and vinyl. “My main aim was to provide mothers who lost their babies to stillbirth with a replica baby as a form of comfort.” She has since joined forces with funeral parlours where she offers...