I’m starting to get jealous of my Childbirth Education Doll. She’s been published twice now, once in the Regretsy book by April Winchell and now in this book by Lela Nargi entitled Astounding knits. This book has some really cool stuff in it, including a sweater-covered- bus, a 200 foot plush rabbit and a life-sized knitted tree!
This publication is much kinder to her than the last one that covered the childbirth doll. Regretsy was downright snarky, saying “Your kid is going to grow up to hate you”. In contrast, Lela is now my new BFF:
“Really Gives Birth! To Real Crocheted Newborn!”
“There was no sensationalizm intended in the original birthing doll Rhode Island mom Sharon Coleman crocheted out of wool several years ago. ‘I designed it as an educational tool for my then-three-year-old daughter when I was pregnant with her little sister,’ she explains. But Internet responses to the pattern for the doll Coleman now sells on her Etsy shop ran the gamut-from simply surprised to downright disgusted.
The latter response strikes the average mom as sligltly bizarre; after all, what could be more natural than childbirth? And for a crafty mom, what could be more natural than explaining the experience to her child using crochet?”
-from Astounding knits.