Heartbroken over multiple miscarriages in family, 19-year-old looks after her collection of 13 'reborn' dolls as babies
Harridge’s mother and sister both suffered miscarriages in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and she now looks after her 13 “reborn” dolls to ease the pain of the tragedy
19-year-old Natasha Harridge, from Rugby has an expansive and expensive collection of life-like dolls, which she takes care of, like her own babies. A customer service apprentice by profession, Harridge has been collecting her baby dolls since 2014 as a form of therapy, after struggling to cope with the grief of two miscarriages in her family, reports Daily Mail.
Harridge’s mother and sister both suffered miscarriages in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and she now looks after her 13 “reborn” dolls to ease the pain that the tragedies caused her. She looks at them as the physical forms of the niece and brother that she lost.
The time she spends with the eerily life-like dolls is being heavily documented on her social media platforms, including YouTube, which she has named South Willows Reborns. All these pages, dedicated to her dolls - Hannah, Sierra, Isiah, Holly, Aubrielle, Isabella, Jasper, Noah, Lucas, Autumn, Pablo, George, Otto, and Fawn - have a massive following and these fans love to keep a tab on Harridge and her children’s shenanigans.
The teenager hopes that her very public way of living with the dolls will show people that reborn dolls are not creepy and that the people that collect them aren’t crazy. She says, “Don't judge before you know the facts. There might be specific reasons people collect the dolls, within my time of collecting I've lost my niece and brother so they have really helped me through those losses,” further adding, “It was very hard for me because I am an emotional person. It was very difficult. My sister and biological mum both miscarried in 2015 and 2016 so we never got to meet them [the babies], but having the reborns to hold made me feel like the babies were there in physical form.”
Harridge also claims that the dolls help her with her confidence and that "due to the endorphins they help release” she feels happier and confident while stepping out.
Despite this, her immediate family is unable to understand her affinity for these dolls and apparently look at her collection as something crazy. Nonetheless, her partner Damien is very supportive of her and even poses with one of them every now and then.