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#1 of 4 Old 06-23-2009, 05:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Every time I see new mommas on this forum it absolutely breaks my heart- all the mommas who have lost a baby(ies) at any point. I feel an immense amount of grief for you and your families, and I can't even begin to imagine what a full term loss would be like.

I dreamt about this idea over a month ago, and I keep contemplating it, and since I can't get it out of my head, I thought I would ask what you ladies thought. I dreamt that I started a non-profit that contracted sculptors which created a lost babies face out of porceline or clay and we made dolls that resembled your lost babes as much as possible- ie: looks, length, weight etc. So you would have a likeness of your forever baby to hold during your hardest times.

There are people who make life-like dolls, so maybe they would donate some time making these if the cost of materials were covered? I don't know, what do you all think? Would this be helpful, or make things harder?

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There are, sort of, such things already. They're called "reborn" dolls.

The opinions seem to vary. Some mamas don't like the idea. Some do. I'm actually getting a reborn done of my William. I'm obviously in the latter camp.

That said... they are VERY expensive. If reborn artists would get together, like photographers did for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and donate their services? That would be SO awesome!

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I am not a mother that falls into this category but I want to help you with the logics of this. You are going to have to charge for more than the materials and such. These dolls would take a very long time to make - as far as I have heard - each eye lash is places seperatly etc. With as many people who lose near full term or full term babies- there could end up being a backlog of people wanting these dolls.
It's a beautiful and lovely idea- and shows you are really thinking - but I would still say maybe discounted price -rahter than free-ish after materials.

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What a beautiful idea.

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