Hi, I'm Mika Rock, birth and postpartum Doula, and a childbirth educator, working in the Montreal area. In addition, I am a Yoga teacher specializing in menstrual health and wellness, as well as a Shiatsu therapist.
Becoming a doula is a calling.
I grew up in a home where my father is a scientist, and my mother a psychotherapist, and pioneering holistic therapist. She used to press on my feet, to help me heal, with reflexology. This was in the early 80’s.
In our home, discussions about scientific versus holistic ways of thinking, were regular conversations at the dinner table. Over the years, I studied and gained hands on experience in both worlds, finding the places where they are complementary.
I have been passionate about birth and parenting for many years. My work in supporting women and families goes back to 2002, in particular with my role as a postpartum doula. I joined families with newborn twins, accompanying them over the first few months, acting as helping hands, offering the support needed for a positive and nurtured transition into the adventure of parenting twins. My growing interest in supporting a family’s wellness led me on the path of studying and working in education for 10 years. I worked as a Home Room teacher, a mentor, and a science teacher for young people ranging in ages from 18 months to 18 years old.
In the last decade working as a Yoga teacher, I have helped support a wide range of clients with many different challenges related to Pelvic floor health, Fertility issues, Menstrual health, Menopause, Fatigue, Migraines and more.
My personal experience being accompanied by a Doula was very positive. My Doula’s presence and support were invaluable and meaningful for both me and my husband. Our birth Doula helped us experience a smoother transition into our new role as parents. I came to value how much of a difference having such loving and knowledgeable support can make to a healthy pregnancy, while laboring and when becoming new parents. I believe these are both powerful and vulnerable times, where the right support can set a foundation of wellness within the family, for years to come.
I integrate visualization, embodiment, meditation, yoga philosophy, postures and breathing techniques, pressure points, Zen shiatsu, homeopathy into my support in pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
As part of your birth team I will help you remember to listen to your intuition, trust your body and when needed offer you evidence-based information so that you may navigate this journey with confidence.
I met Mira Artzi Padan, while on maternity leave with my first born.
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 became a central anchor in my life.
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.