Let me introduce you to, Rachel Schwartzman. She’s a naturopathic doctor and birth doula practicing in Toronto and a mom to three. Rachel is also the co-founder of The Bump to Baby Show, a show that takes the overwhelm out of starting a family and makes healthy living choices easier.
I haven’t yet told her, but Rachel’s responsible for the upgrade to our weekday morning breakfasts and afterschool snacks with fancy toast. That’s toast with delicious nut or seed butters, hemp seeds, and fruit.
Tell us about yourself, and your work as a naturopathic doctor and doula.
Rachel: First off, I am a mom to 3 beautiful children. It is because of them that I am a better naturopathic doctor and doula. I am really lucky to love what I do. Every day I get to help people get healthier. That’s pretty awesome. My practice is a general family practice, I see people of all ages. I have a special interest in women’s health, pregnancy, fertility, and pediatrics.
My own first birth experience had a difficult start and I did not have the best support. Five days after our beautiful homebirth our son was hospitalized, very dehydrated and had episodes of apnea.
Thankfully everything turned out ok, but it was that experience that motivated me to help other women have a positive start into motherhood. I really wanted no family to ever go thru what we had too. I feel very fortunate to be a part of these birth and little miracles.
Coffee, Tea, Water, or Green Smoothie? How do you start your day? (Your IG makes us drool).
Tea. It’s usually chai with almond milk and honey. It’s my happy drink. Then I have a green smoothie.
What can mothers or mothers-to-be do to take better care of themselves?
Be easy on yourself. If you have one bad day, let it go! Start the next morning fresh and ready for what life has to offer you. Take the time to nourish yourself, with whatever that might be. A coffee, cookie, yoga class, walk outside or curl up with a good book. Allow yourself the time, ever so slight, to care for yourself.
What motivated you to begin the Bump To Baby Show?
The Bump to Baby Show was an idea I had for years. I really wanted to inspire families to go natural. People have a choice, a natural product or once filled with chemicals. To me the answer is clear. I needed a partner in crime, and no one better than my best friend, Mira, an early childhood educator, and advocate for healthy family choices. We have 5 kids between the two of us, and my eldest son literally calls her boys his brothers.
We are the only baby show devoted 100% to a toxin-free, sustainable, and natural choices. We ran this show last year on a smaller scale, and it was very successful. This year we are going full speed ahead with 60 local health-conscious vendors, lectures with experts, kids activities, amazing food, swag bags and raffled items. This is all happening on Sunday, May 7th at the beautiful Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St). Come get inspired to go natural.
What do you wish women knew about motherhood?
That it is the best and most exhausting thing you will ever do. To enjoy the ride. That the days are long, but the years are short.
What’s your green beauty routine? (We love knowing this!)
I actually use a lot of amazing products, I’m warning you now! I worked at Noahs Natural Foods for over a decade and learned so much about “green” beauty there. I am also fortunate to have a good friend who is a green esthetician.
So here it goes….
I wash my face with a cleansing milk or tea tree gel cleanser, then apply eye balm. I have a mixture of collagen and hyaluronic which I apply next. Lastly, I use a custom made facial oil that I mix with a rose hydrosol. I usually top it off with a sunscreen.
I warned you! It actually only takes about 2 minutes and it feels amazing.
Tell us what makes you weird/awesome.
I get really bothered by the sound of people chewing. I may even leave the room when my kids are eating. It actually has a medical term, misophonia, so I guess I’m not the only one.
How do you practice mindful living?
This is something I am currently working on. Connecting with myself in specific moments and making note how I feel. I am very conscious about having a toxin-free house from cosmetics to food, to cleaners. I am mindful regarding the environment, and teaching my children to protect this earth, we have been gifted by the future 7 generations.
What is the most common reason women come to your practice?
To feel better. For more energy. To take better care of themselves after they had children. So many women lose themselves when they become mothers. It’s a stressful time. I also see a lot of children in my practice, families wanting the best start for their kids, coming either for preventative measures or for treatment without drugs.
What is the one thing you always do to take care of yourself?
I make sure to move my body. I play tennis and go to a yoga class every week. I pencil these things into my day planner (yes I use a paper day planner!) and keep to them. It makes me feel so much better.