A mother from Brisbane, Australia, is filling a huge educational gap with her new dolls. Betty Strachan is on a mission to educate kids all over the world about pregnancy, breastfeeding, and more modern-day realities by painting dolls to replicate situations that aren't taught at school. She's a mother of two boys under the age of 5, but it was her experience in a parenting group that made her realize the need for educational dolls like these.
"The decision to make a breastfeeding doll didn't come consciously," Betty told The Huffington Post. "I'm a member of a mothers' group that's comprised of very lovely and supportive women. I remember one day, I was drawing the new face on a Barbie doll, and she just seemed to be the embodiment of the entire group. So I mimicked the positioning of a latched baby with an old figurine I had and called her the 'Mamas Worldwide Barbie.'"
Betty has been painting dolls over the last four years, but her new Mamas Worldwide Barbie was a way for young children to learn a little during playtime. "I realized that it was really something that should be available — because, like most things that society deems unacceptable, educating children is the way to erase the stigma behind it."
Keep reading to see photos of these amazing, realistic dolls, and check out her Etsy shop.