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Set The Video – My Fake Baby, Channel 4, Wednesday, 10pm

By mofgimmers on December 31st, 2007 20 comments

AARGH%21%20A%20FAKE%20BABY.jpgAs an outsider, it’s impossible for me to understand the allure of owning a very realistic baby doll. When I say ‘outsider’, I mean a bloke that has never lost a baby or am a lady who has left it too late to have children of my own. Despite the crass name, My Fake Baby (Channel 4, Wednesday, 10pm) promises to lend a sympathetic ear and some insight into the world of ‘reborn’ dolls.

Some women spend thousands of pounds on these lifelike dolls, some of which have beating hearts, tiny veins and… but they’re terrifying. Adoptive “mums” are clearly brought great comfort, so my churlish views shouldn’t count for anything… obviously my views are not unlike Danny (the drug dealer) from Withnail & I (“a doll that shits itself as well… it’s ‘orrible really”)… but then again, I’m a heartless git. If I grow up for a second, this should be an unusual and fascinating documentary.

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  • annabella

    I have just seen “My Fake Baby” and have to say that i am apalled, shocked and greatly concerned not least for all those women who appeared on the programme and who obviously need help to resolve their issues or accept their situation but also for the very many women who will have watched and will be encouraged to follow the same path rather than seek help. The whole thing was sick and there is something if not alot wrong with it. I am at a loss for words, is it just me or does anybody else think like i do. In essence it is ethically completely wrong. I would also like to know how this lady who is selling the babies is being allowed to do this. This women are all sick and they need help and she is making a profit from these women’s vulnerable state. It is neither normal nor ethically right. It was macabre and very frightening.
    What on earth is happening to this society. These women should be offered help, not encouragement to live in a state which is so unreal and abnormal where they are covering their problems rather than confronting them and resolving them.

  • The Horwood family

    Too true! it was frightening and very sad! we sat in disbelief! we were speachless! felt sorry for some of them- but the one who went to America, to collect her doll, she needs help! think of all the poor children that need fostering! how shallow and selfish!

  • Sondra

    The men seemed bewildered and it’s hardly surprising: these women have some serious mental health issues. I thought the granny who wanted to re-create her newborn grandson was absolutely terrifying, and if I were her daughter I’d flee to the other side of the world too.
    If they really wanted to express latent maternal feelings they’d be out in the real world helping disadvantaged children in our poverty-stricken society and not be wasting thousands of pounds on freakish toys and playing at mummies and daddies pushing prams around.

  • Sophie Horwood

    This programme was disgusting. These women firstly need to overcome their personal problems but they need to get out in the real world and realise that there is poverty and hunger in third world countries while they prance about dressing up a doll and wasting their time and money. They could be helping and contributing, whilst gaining a reward themselves, by fostering a child in need of their love and care which they are wasting on a doll! As for the woman who brought a doll in replacement for her grandchild… she could have spent the money on a holiday to actually see him! Well, thats unless she has a restraining order.

  • Aneka Lee

    I just watched the documentary Fake Babies on Channel 4 in the UK. I watched it right after watching the Half Ton woman. Yep its one of those nights of maxing out in front of the television after the chores involved with having three kids. What struck me the most in both shows, was how when people were in pain, and clearly at a point where they needed some help, no one gave them any. At worst, if there was someone like family members or partners, that they didn’t tap into the larger thing being said, but instead helped the person feed the addiction rather than beat it. It is not hard to understand someone needing a placebo to ease a pain they cannot quite locate, but I found it so hard to understand how none of their loved ones could hear when they spoke exactly where the pain where was coming from. The woman who spent almost £300 pounds on just one of the outfits she bought for a new fake baby, clearly wanted to have a child, she was afraid of how it would change her life, but she clearly stated that she kept imagining what it would be like if the babies were real. Her husband did not look like he wanted children and indulged her addiction, while being silently panicked by how much her addiction was growing. The grandmother missed her grandson terribly. The grief of the separation had by the looks of it overwhelmed her. Her husband dealt with his grief by retreating, they were both lonely without their grandson. Instead of turn to each other, he indulged her also wondering if a fake baby might make the difference. He was disappointed by how “dead” it was. Looking at fake babies, I understood one of the ways that addictions begin, a complete sublimation of feelings into something that appears to soothe…while in fact making just about everything worse – pushing the “addict” further and further away from what is real, into a dream world. I would be interested in just how many marriages of people with fake babies last. I know that to even write this is so judgmental. Deep down inside I wish there was a way to help. I cannot tell the lady who was buying baby clothes from Harrods, that she should face up to her fears about a baby taking over her life, and perhaps come to terms with the affair she had with the black man that did not work out. I can’t say to the grandma that she should start saving towards a trip to New Zealand for a couple weeks, that she should tell her daughter how much she loves her and how overcome with grief she was when she found out that she had cancer, and then use the rest of her energy enjoying her maturing life with her life partner, with whom she clearly did so well, having both a daughter and grandson to celebrate. All I can put out there on the internet, in a place where I am not sure that they will even read it, or get this far once I start being so judgmental about their lives, is if there wasn’t anything standing in their way, if whatever they wanted in this world was possible, what is the first thing they would wish for? I would suggest that when they get the answer, they should get out of their own way, and go for it…

  • Aliec

    HI there,

    I also watched this and was very disturbed by it. I am holding a live webchat today at 2pm at to discuss it so feel free to come along and express your opinion or just listen in!

  • chelsea

    i think that it would be relly fasaniting to have one but at the same time very wierd i would like to know how much they are please

  • wayne

    personally I don’t reckon there is any harm in these women having one of these life like babies, as for the women who went out buying designer gear and travelled to America to collect one was just an extremist…does not mean she is mentally ill! No one has any right what so ever to say these women need help, yes some people consider it weird or abnormal, but I think its quite amusing how people like you find it “terrifying” im sorry but I think you people are slightly sad for having nothing better to do than write an essay on how appalled you are, that a women still wants to care for a child, but she hasn’t gone into a hospital and pinched a baby she’s brought a fake one, and you know what…each to their own! Yes I did think well why don’t you go and adopt or foster one, but obviously they didn’t want to… how on earth does that make theses women selfish…so I take it you are all selfish??!!…have you adopted a baby??…there are far more sickening, and terrifying things going on in this world compared to a women buying a fake baby. It’s a bloody doll, get over it!

  • amanda

    As a mother and grandmother who had numerous misscarriages, it appauled me to see this programme – if anyone thinks a woman who has lost a baby would do this then think again.
    These women are seriously ill mentally and as for their partners!!!!!
    They need help – how in god name can these dolls represent a real live child.
    God help them.

  • bad man

    In my opinion these ladies are abnormal, they are in serious need of counciling, to get over the fact that they either cannot have children or stop fooling themselves when they really do want a child. The woman who was estranged from her grandson ( I wonder Why?) disgusts me. Finally the freaky lady who went to America to collect a
    doll has to get a social life rather than be het up about a fake baby. Shame on that cow her baby
    had a cracked its head. People who buy reborns need to relaise there abnornmality and need to get a life.

  • happy

    hi there i saw the programe and wonted to know where i can get one of these lovely babys can some one help

  • Beth

    hello i watched this documentry and i want one of theese babys does anyone know the website to buy one of theese babys?

  • Beth

    hello i watched the documentry and i want one of theese babys does any one know the website that i could buy one of theese babys off?

  • Felicia

    Wayne, I agree with you. I am infertile, and although I wouldn’t buy one of these dolls, I don’t think anyone who hasn’t experienced infertility is in a position to judge someone who would buy one. Those on the outside can throw away a line like “They need counselling” but have you ever experienced how devastating it is to be told you can’t have a baby of your own? It’s not something that you can just get over – I found out 22 years ago and I *still* have trouble accepting it, and I think it’s incredibly insensitive for an “outsider” to believe it’s such an easy thing to deal with. I’m guessing you all have kids, or are able to have them – that’s great, but don’t judge those who aren’t as lucky.

  • janet

    any one who want to buy a reborn they are on ebay, iv fostered children all my life and still have one who has been with me 16 years, plus i looked after 10 children a day under 3 years old for social services, plus i had two children of my own , and i have reborn dolls, so am i sad , i dont think so,its a hobbie to me. no different to men collecting cars or model trains

  • janet

    anybody who want to buy a reborn baby they are on ebay.i fostered children for years and loked after 10 children a day under 3 for social services. i still have a fostered child who has been with me 16 years, i also have 2 boys of my own, and i have reborns so am i sad, i dont think so, iv worked all my life from 15 years old my money bought them,i look at it as a hobby its no different to men collecting dinky toys or trains but i do think some go a bit to far

  • Anonymous

    I had taped this programme at first thinking it must be freakish people wanting to own a fake baby.
    However after watching it all with an open mind, I feel there is nothing wrong with this at all. If women or men want to get pleasure from owning a lifelike baby they are not harming anyone. Men have gadgets, toys and children do too. It does not mean there is anything wrong with them. I feel appauled that people are being so judgemental about them. Personally I don’t like or want children myself, but have a passion for a certain breed of small dog. If someone were to invent a robotic lifelike dog that was fluffy and representative of it, I would certainly be first inline to purchase one.

  • Kay

    I am 15 nd my gran braught me one for my 13th birthday but she does not breath or anything and she was around £200.00 but I don’t take her out authough I do have a pushchair for her. she is called Sarah, but she was already named.

  • Sue

    Saw this programme this evening and was amazed at how stupid these women are. They seem to have more money than sense! I tuned in when the grandmother was showing photos of her grandson Harry who is a beautiful little boy. I though Harry was dead and she wanted to replace him but “no” he is alive and kicking living with his mum in New Zealand! Instead of watching his progress through photos and the webcam she had a “Harry ” baby doll made! I laughed when she showed it to him on the web cam and he called her a silly name which she truly is! Her husband was right the doll did look like a dead baby too. The other woman and her her husband also had money to burn on expensive prams and clothing and trips to America to spend on this fake “baby”. I think they are married to very tolerant men and should sponsor a child who needs food and clothing or better still adopt or foster a real one!

  • Reborn Babies

    Reborning is the art of transforming a vinyl doll (either whole doll or kit) into a realistic looking baby doll (usually of a human baby- but sometimes elves or chimpanzees may be made). The person who makes this transformation is called a ‘reborner” or reborn artist. The more realistic looking the doll is the more successful the artist is considered. Once completed the doll is called a ‘reborn’, ‘reborn doll’, ‘reborn baby”or ‘fake baby’.

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