I’ll be honest; It’s hard being an entrepreneur and having three kids. I think it’s hard being an entrepreneur and having any kids — but with three right now at 2, 4, and 6 there is chaos behind the scenes. Because of this, I tend to gravitate towards the female entrepreneurs on social media that seem to have found the balance between family and putting positive energy out into the universe as an entrepreneur.
And one of those such people, is Dr. Rachel Schwartzman — a naturopathic doctor who practices here in Toronto. She has a series of initiatives out there in the world that are having really tremendous, positive impact on families. She is one of the co-founders of West End Naturopathic Doulas where she is a naturopathic doctor working with families. She is also the co-creator to The Bump to Baby Show — a family-friendly event that really takes families through the journey of parenthood; from pregnancy, right into that young family phase.
We talked in this interview about entrepreneurism, how to manage picky eaters, common health misconceptions that are holding families back, and what Rachel is drinking right now to get her through this very busy time right now (two weeks before launch phase!) and how she keeps going on going as an entrepreneur.
[1:37] Introducing my guest for this week, Dr. Rachel Schwartzman!
[3:32] Welcome Rachel to the podcast.
[4:00] About Rachel’s journey to becoming a naturopathic doctor.
[5:28] Was the naturopathic college Rachel attended what she had expected?
[6:14] What Rachel is currently up to!
[6:57] Why Rachel loves working with and treating children.
[8:22] How much does mindset play into an individual’s ability to achieve an outcome with respect to their health?
[9:32] In looking at children’s health, where did Rachel’s conviction to support maternal and child wellness come from?
[12:35] Where Rachel’s strong entrepreneurial thinking came from.
[15:00] What Rachel’s mother taught her about entrepreneurialism.
[16:38] Entrepreneur mom hacks: How Rachel maintains a healthy family and busting misconceptions.
[20:05] What to do with your picky eaters at home!
[24:05] Common misconceptions that prevent people from having greater access to a radical shift in health.
[27:45] All about The Bump to Baby Show: Location and vibe, vendors and products, services, activities and workshops, and the community.
[31:59] What Rachel is doing right now as a fellow entrepreneur to keep herself going.
[34:54] What Rachel would like her legacy to be.
[37:28] How Rachel defines health.
[39:34] Rachel’s key-performance indicators.
[42:22] Where to learn about what Rachel is up to, online.
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More About Dr. Rachel Schwartzman
Rachel is a board certified and licensed naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist and birth doula. She graduated from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 4 year medical program in 2005 and has maintained a general family practice since then. She practices naturopathic family medicine and has a special interest in pediatric medicine and women’s health, particularly in the area of hormonal health, fertility, pregnancy and prenatal care.
Rachel has been attending births as a doula since 2002 and has attended over 200 births in both home and hospital settings. She is one of the most experienced naturopathic birth doulas and an expert in the field of natural birth, having trained directly with midwives. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be educated by Ina May Gaskin herself, renowned leader on natural birth. She is also the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas a service dedicated to providing the best labour support to pregnant women.
Rachel has additional training in Medical Herbalism, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, and completed training from Harvard University’s Body-Mind-Medicine Institute in Mindfullness Studies. Rachel is on faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for Health Psychology and Pediatrics.
She is a naturopathic expert for Village Living Magazine, Canadian Health and Lifestyle, Today’s Parent, Life and Beauty Magazine and Ecoparent Magazine. When not working, Rachel spends her time with her 3 young children. She enjoys being active in nature, practicing yoga, playing tennis, creating healthy meals and dabbling in photography.
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“The name is ‘The Bump to Baby Show’ but it’s really ‘Beyond the Bump to Baby Show.’ If you have a family and you live in [Toronto] and you have an interest in family health, then there’s something for everybody at this show.” — Dr. Rachel Schwartzman
“I have so many ideas, it’s just that my limitation is my time.” — Dr. Rachel Schwartzman
“There’s many different ways that families come to be in this day and age and we really want [The Bump to Baby Show] to feel really comfortable for everybody.” — Dr. Rachel Schwartzman
“Sometimes it’s about helping people realize that healthy doesn’t actually have to take longer.”
“It takes people/children sometimes 7 times to try a food before they actually like it”