While I was at Marianne’s midwifery workshop, I noticed that all of the dolls that were being used in the workshop were brown babies. The babies were actually brown like me. I mentioned it under my breath once, “Wow… brown babies…” Some women laughed.
When I actually held one of the dolls, I mentioned it again, “Oh wow… This baby is almost as dark as I am…”
Once we completed an exercise and I had “birthed” my little brown baby through shoulder dystocia, and they had placed the doll in my arms, I said, “Ohhh… Look at you… I am just IN LOVE with this little brown baby! And all of my babies came out very light. I wish I could find these in the U.S.”
A couple of the women looked at me strange and perplexed…
Marianne said, “You know those were ordered from the U.S.?”
“What? Really?” I replied.
“Yes…” she and another midwife answered.
“I can never find brown dolls in the U.S.” I said. They went on to tell me where I could order them.
Funny thing… I can’t find the paper where I wrote down the information. I have tried Googling childbirth education resources/supplies/dolls/models… I added “black” and “brown”…
If any of you that work in childbirth know where they are hiding the brown childbirth education dolls in the U.S., please let me know in the comment section.