About Me

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Hi, I'm Mika Rock, birth and postpartum doula, and HypnoBirthing childbirth educator. I support families in person in greater Montreal and online, internationally.

I'm an experienced yoga teacher, specializing in pelvic floor and hormonal health and wellness, with a decade of experience of teaching pre and postnatal yoga. I’m also a Shiatsu therapist. I have a bachelor’s in education and I’m a certified science teacher.

Growing up, my father was a scientist, and my mother, a pioneering holistic psychotherapist. Whenever I was sick, my mother used to press on my feet, to help me heal with reflexology. This was in the early ’80s. In our home, discussions about scientific versus holistic ways of thinking were regular conversations at the dinner table. Over the years, I’ve studied and gained hands-on experience in both worlds, and have been drawn to finding the places where the holistic and the scientific are complementary.

I have been passionate about birth and parenting for many years, supporting families since 2002.

 

Birth is a sacred passage; wherever you choose to give birth I’m here to support you. I support you to give birth your way.

I'm passionate about getting to know the families that choose my support. My doula care is personalized and in tune with your specific wishes and preferences. I join your team of birth support in a way that is as unique and individual as you are. (Pssst, partners—I’m here to support you as well. I will guide you to find your way to show up during the birth in your best way possible).

I offer childbirth education and many different tools and practices, to help you explore and figure out how to be more comfortable during pregnancy and to feel confident, knowing your options in labour and birth and as a parent.

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In my birth doula bag, I bring a variety of options. I will offer you the tools that are most relevant for your family. I integrate visualization, embodiment, meditation, postures and breathing techniques, pressure points, somatic awareness, Rebozo, Zen shiatsu, homeopathy, essential oils and HypnoBirthing.

My support goes beyond birth by being present for you in early postpartum. I can offer tips and ideas on how to support your healing after giving birth, including attuned listening to your birth story. I am with you for breastfeeding support—as  much as is needed, referring to other professional support people if issues are beyond my scope, ie: an IBCLC. I can offer new born care tips and give ideas on how to navigate the first challenging and magical steps of parenting and beyond.  

Many of the families I’ve supported over the years reach out to me with questions over the first weeks and months after birth. Some join our incredible Rock the Cradle virtual parenting community, which I host live once a week on Zoom and includes an ongoing WhatsApp group. Inclusive peer support is available here, and many friendships are formed.

The pandemic has taught me a valuable lesson: when giving birth, having trust and connection with your birth support team is priceless. Doula care and support transcends pandemic limitations!

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Training Background

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Training

  • Certified Holistic Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula

  • HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator

  • Certified Yoga teacher specializing in women’s health and wellness

  • Certified Shiatsu therapist

  • Naturopath, member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada.

Yoga

I met Mira Artzi Padan, while on maternity leave with my firstborn. She is the founder of Yoga Nashit, a yoga method that integrates Yoga with evidence-based medical knowledge of the female body, and its various transitional phases. Yoga Nashit addresses health and wellness on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. Over the years, my practice and teaching of Yoga Nashit have become a central anchor in my life.

 

Doula

I trained as a birth Doula with Rivka Cymbalist, through the Montreal Birth Companions (MBC) Doula school. I'm a holistic Doula certified by the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada. I issue Naturopath receipts for insurance purposes.