A doll designer and maker, Smolińska is the founder of the Reborn Sugar Babies company, which produces life-like baby dolls that may be used as therapeutic aids in treating anxiety, depression and fertility issues.
Her hyper-realistic "reborn" dolls help some women process a miscarriage or the loss of a child.
Smolińska’s dolls have been used in films and to train doctors, nurses and midwives in medical institutions.
In its profile of her, the BBC writes that “Smolińska is passionate about her art and believes that her creations give hope to women and improve their mental health.”
She is quoted as saying: “I would like people to become more empathetic, more open and tolerant of what is different, as is the case with the reborn dolls therapy, which can help so many women.”
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