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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. Currently I'm a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (in training) 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 in giving 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 as your family is.
Mika Rock exudes quiet strength and wisdom. She is unshakably grounded, an exceptionally attentive listener, and has a good head on her shoulders. I really felt nothing could either faze her or elicit judgement from her, and she is naturally very compassionate. This is exactly the person you want to have by your side when going through childbirth. My birth story would have been traumatic without all the support I had. I went through 36 hours of induced labour (including excruciatingly painful hyper contractions and literally off the charts Pitocin contractions) ending in a C-section, and Mika was there for me every step of the way. Some highlights that stood out were: - She came over on short notice a few days before the scheduled labour to answer our extra questions about induction - She empowered me in my decision making during each step of labour - She offered support to my partner so he could better support me - Her quick thinking in extracting my colostrum before my surgery so that my baby’s first food would be breast milk - It was through her clear instructions that my baby finally latched during our postpartum visit - Her continued support through check-ins and resources beyond the final postpartum visit Being a Doula is a true calling for Mika and any expecting parents-to-be would be lucky to have her by their side. I highly recommend Mika and would hire her again as my doula in a heartbeat!
Mika was an outstanding support and an essential part of our son’s birth. She embodies exactly the presence I needed during delivery: calm, caring, strong, and an advocate for our needs and desires. My labor progressed quickly, and Mika was able to support me and my husband and ensure that the experience still unfolded with our wishes at the forefront. She also helped me to manage my anxiety around a postpartum complication, which was an immense help to me. Our entire family is grateful to Mika for her professionalism and compassion — we couldn’t have been in better hands!
This was our second time relying on Mika’s guidance and support as our doula. Choosing to have her by our side again was the best decision we could make. Our situation is unique: Mika supported my wife through the arrival of our first child in 2019, while I carried our second child who arrived in April 2021. We learned a lot with our first child, and yet still, having Mika accompany us again allowed for a vital refresher boosting our confidence. Mika’s pre-birth consultations and virtual presence (due to covid restrictions) during labour contributed to my birth experience being a positive one. Mika was amazingly present and responsive. Post partum, she continues to share endless wisdom, knowledge, and resources. Mika is gifted at knowing how to tailor her support to the families she helps and we feel so lucky to have found her and benefit from her gift. We can’t thank her enough for all she’s done for us, as a doula and a friend.
Hiring Mika was the best decision we made as first-time parents wanting the most positive and natural birth experience possible. She was invaluable in helping us navigate the medical system and during the birth itself she was an incredible steady presence and guide. She exceeded our expectations in every way with her knowledge, kindness and generosity. We cannot recommend her enough.