We have all heard of people giving up their jobs to start upcoming and hip businesses. But when Leah Phillips decided to give up her job as a teacher to get into the smoothie and face cream business, she got instantly viral. Wondering what’s so special about her business?

Well it’s just that her entire business is based on reusing placenta made during childbirth.

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The mother of 2, from Northamptonshire first got to know about this industry when she gave birth to her eldest son. She made powder out of the placenta delivered and that got her instantly interested. She has since done all the necessary research and training to become an expert in the field. Her business is based entirely on the placentas delivered during childbirth. Through the Placenta Tree, you can buy a placenta smoothie, face cream, balm and pills.

Celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Coleen Rooney and Rochelle Humes have memorialized their placentas.

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Leah wanted to do something similar. Once she took pills made from her own placenta, she knew she wanted to know more.

‘I saw so many benefits,’ she said. ‘I felt really well and my milk came in quickly (with the placenta pills). With my second child, I had a retained placenta – where it does not fall away after childbirth and requires medical intervention. ‘Sometimes it’s still possible to encapsulate it but because we were rushed to theatre, we weren’t able to get it cooled down quick enough. ‘I didn’t bounce back as quickly after my second birth, partly, I think, because I didn’t get to use my placenta. ‘It’s a really interesting business to be in. it’s become more popular in recent years, but there needs to be more awareness about what you can do with it.’

Leah books her customers in advance, before they give birth.

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Most of her customers are found via social media or via word of mouth. She provides her customers with a ‘cooling kit’, consisting of an airtight box, resealable bag and labels. This allows the new parents to keep the placenta chilled when the baby arrives. She collects the placenta as early as possible to keep the placenta fresh, preferably on the day of the birth or shortly afterward. Customers get a special keepsake which is usually a print of the placenta and a dried umbilical cord turned into a heart shape.

She offers a variety of services through The Placenta Tree.

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‘If a new mum wants a smoothie, I take some strips of the placenta and blend it with fruit of their choice. Some want an essence or tincture, which is a bit like rescue remedy made from placenta. For that, I need to soak it in water or vodka and pour that into a little bottle. It can be added to water to get the benefits. ‘Things like balms and cream are also becoming more popular,’ she said. ‘Putting them on your skin can really make it glow and it can be used on mum and baby. ‘The nutrients help to repair the skin and leave it feeling soft.’ ‘I know that some people are skeptical about the benefits of using your placenta, but it’s a rich source of Iron, cortisone, oxytocin vitamins E and B6 and stem cells.’ ‘I have lots of customers who tell me that placenta products have really helped them to deal with the baby blues, with getting their milk in and just generally with getting back to normal quickly.’