Reality star Courtney Stodden has spent her entire adult life in the public eye, after marrying a man nearly 40 years older than her at the ripened age of 16.
But there are some moments she would surely like to keep under wraps, like the heartbreaking miscarriage of her first child just 12 weeks into her pregnancy.
A rep for the reality star told Entertainment Tonight last month:
“It is with a heavy heart to inform you that last week Courtney Stodden suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage. Courtney and her husband, Doug, are at an emotional loss for words and are using this time to grieve with their close family and friends. Please respect their privacy as the couple try to cope with losing their precious baby and seek the support they both need.”
In the age of social media, it seems that expressing her sadness is a way of coping. Stodden has had an understandably difficult time, telling fans she turned to alcohol to numb the pain, and later shaving her head to symbolize the “new chapter” in her life.
But a few weeks later, Stodden is trying something else to help with the loss of her baby boy — ordering a doll resembling her little one, better known as a “reborn doll.”
In an Instagram video posted Wednesday, Stodden is visibly excited as she opens her long awaited package:
“Just received my reborn baby today! exciting ???? I know it may seem a little strange but my therapist suggested that having him may help me cope with my loss. #rebornbaby.”
Reborn dolls are made to look just like a human infant as much as possible, reflecting what their hair, skin, eyes and body really looked like.
According to the Daily Mail:
“The dolls are created from a kit composed of the limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric which are painted several times to create the skin tone of newborn babies. They are then fitted with natural-looking hair and eyelashes.”
Some psychiatrists, like Gail Saltz, think it’s completely healthy for grieving moms to have their own reborn dolls. In a 2008 interview with TODAY, he said:
“It’s natural for people to find ways of preserving memories of those they love — from making photo albums, to visiting gravesites to keeping an urn of ashes on the mantel.
Everyone tries to vanquish death and the ravages of time.
[These dolls provide] moments of relief and reprieve, when they can escape the stark reality of their loss, and instead have those familiar feelings of coddling a baby, cooing over it, and all those other nice moments that temporarily undo the harsh reality.”
Stodden even filled out a birth certificate, which came with the doll, but left his name and date of birth blank.
The dolls look so real that people have a hard time telling them apart from real-life babies.
Just last week, a New Hampshire police officer broke into a locked car after receiving a call there was a “baby” roasting inside.
Lieutenant Jason Short performed CPR on the doll before realizing it wasn’t real. He told WMUR News:
“I went to put my finger in its mouth and it was all resistance. And I’m like, ‘This is a doll.’”
Stodden seems very pleased with her little one, calling him “beautiful” and “amazing.”
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