There's a unique business gaining lots of attention in northern Alabama. It's called Fruit Of My Womb and the owner, Heather Johnson, creates charming and personable jewelry using breast milk and the cremains of loved ones.
Johnson is a schooled phlebotomist, and she is also trained and certified by the International Placenta & Postpartum Association (IPPA) to perform placenta encapsulation for new mothers dealing with postpartum stress issues.
Fruit Of My Womb started in 2014 following the birth of Johnson's second child. She told Circa that she faced issues from postpartum depression after her first child and wanted to do anything possible to make her second pregnancy an easier experience.
Johnson then discovered placenta encapsulation and decided to pursue training through the IPPA. She adds that she's always available to mothers if they have questions or need any help.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the benefits from placenta encapsulation are as follows:
- Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
- Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
- Decrease in postpartum depression levels
- Restoration of iron levels in the blood
- Increase in milk production
Following the start of Fruit Of My Womb, Johnson took a class to learn how to create her breast milk jewelry keepsakes. These have since become a treasured item to many of her clients across the Southeast.
Johnson jokingly told Circa that the breast milk process is "top secret," but she also stated there is a strategy required for ensuring the milk's longevity.
There's a certain way the milk has to be processed; otherwise, it's not going to last.
Along with the encapsulation and breast milk jewelry, Fruit Of My Womb offers DNA keepsake jewelry to remember lost loved ones.
Johnson told Circa she had a good friend pass away, and their family then asked to make some keepsakes.
"That was probably the hardest order that I've ever done," she said. "But, I was honored to do that for them."
Loved one's ashes or even dried flowers from a funeral can be used for making jewelry. A lot of different items can be utilized to create a keepsake that you normally wouldn't think of.
The breast milk came first, and then I thought, 'If I can make keepsakes with milk, why not other things that you have?'
Johnson works out of her home in Cullman, Alabama and services mothers locally with her placenta encapsulation. She takes orders from all over the world with her keepsake jewelry items.
For more information, and to connect with Johnson, visit her Facebook page "Fruit Of My Womb".