Timaru woman Jo Jackson makes capsules and art works from
placentas. Photo by Rachael Comer.
A Timaru woman's artworks are striking a ''cord'' with
mothers. Jo Jackson works with placentas, or afterbirths,
either processing them into capsules for mothers to eat, or
Umbilical cord keepsakes are another addition to the
Miss Jackson, a mother of three, got the idea for the
business from a friend.
''I've been doing this for just over a year and I do it for
people throughout New Zealand,'' she said.
''I was friends with a lady who did it and she got me into
it. I'm a real baby person and I decided to do it as well. I
learnt everything from her.''
Women from throughout the country ship their placentas to
Miss Jackson. They needed to be double-bagged, wrapped in
newspaper and placed in a leakproof container or box, she
said. They were transported by courier in an approved chilly
bin, which Miss Jackson provides.
Miss Jackson then dries the placenta and grinds it down to
powder and puts it into capsules. Depending on the size of
the placenta, it will make about 100 to 300 capsules.
She believed the placenta pills promoted milk supply and
helped people ''feel really good''.
''Placentas are full of lots of different hormones.''
''Placentas are one of those taboo subjects and when I first
heard about all of this I thought it was a bit weird, but for
some mothers it's a really spiritual thing and I am nice and
calm when I touch the placenta.''
She felt honoured to be working with a ''sacred'' object and
said she took sterilisation seriously. Demand was increasing
and sometimes she received up to four placentas in one week.
''A lady sent a placenta with an old scarf and a letter to
the placenta thanking it for nourishing her baby and saying
for it to travel safely.''
For more information, visit babytree.co.nz.
- Rachael Comer of the Timaru Courier.