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Welcome to Rock the Cradle – Montreal Doula Services!


You will benefit from our prenatal, birth and

postpartum services if:

  • You want to be as informed as possible regarding childbirth and parenting and are looking for someone to listen to your concerns and guide you through it all.
  • You are worried about the pain of childbirth and concerned that your birth may not unfold as planned (it rarely does!) and want a doula knowledgeable in birth to help you cope with labour, and support you and your family so that your birth experience may be a positive one.
  • You are hoping that you’ll be able to breastfeed and understand that having an experienced support person by your side can increase your chances of breastfeeding your baby, and to keep doing so even when you hit those rough patches.
  • You are wondering how to take care of a newborn and wish to have someone there to help you and your partner transition into your new role as parents.

Upcoming Birth and Parent with Confidence Prenatal Classes

English classes are given on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 4288 Notre-Dame Street West, Saint-Henri

  • June 11 and 18
  • July 18, 20, 25 & 27 (a two week intensive from 7 – 9:30 p.m.)
  • September 17 & 24
  • October 22 & 29
  • November 19 & 26

Nespresso Coffee, teas and light snacks will be offered. REGISTER  NOW! 

Classes in French are given on Sundays. 


Montreal Pregnancy & Birth Circle

Join us as we host the Montreal Pregnancy & Birth Circle every 1st Tuesday of the month from 7 – 9 p.m. Meet new friends, learn about childbirth and get lots of support throughout your pregnancy!

You benefit from the following services

“Sylvia is a kind, knowledgeable, and dedicated doula.
I couldn’t have asked for anyone better.”

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What on earth is a doula?

Like many people, I had never heard of a doula before I became pregnant with my son in 2007.  I was really hoping to have a natural non-medicated birth but knew I would need help in doing so. I was counting on my spouse to be there for me, but I was worried that his uneasiness around blood would take him away from the birthing room!  Then one day a friend suggested that we hire a birth doula – someone to give us information during my pregnancy, to help us during labour and delivery, as well as with breastfeeding during the postpartum period. What a fabulous idea! Needless to say, we hired lovely doulas for all three of our births, each doula having their own strengths and skill sets. And I’m so glad we did as I’m convinced that their knowledge, skilled hands, and encouraging words were what I needed to have the beautiful and empowering births that I had.

Now, the roles are reversed, and I want to help and guide you
through pregnancy and childbirth so that you, too,
may also experience the beauty and power of birth and motherhood.

Ready to take the next step?


Want to know more about what we do and how we can work together? We would love to speak with you about your pregnancy, birth and baby, and discuss your personal doula needs. Please call Sylvia at 514-975-8973 or email to schedule a free introductory meeting with one of our doulas.

Latest Posts on the Rock the Cradle Blog

What pregnancy ailments are you suffering from? What you can do.

What pregnancy ailments are you suffering from? What you can do.

Pregnancy ailments and how holistic medicine can help Last week a friend and I were comparing notes about our pregnancies and realized to what point pregnancy affects a woman’s body. The list of pregnancy ailments kept getting longer and longer, so I decided to compile a list to see just what women go through when growing a little human. Here it goes. Nausea. Vomiting. Reflux. Swollen legs. Swollen hands. Swollen feet. Dizziness. Backaches. Food cravings. Loss of appetite. Increased appetite. Weight gain. Weight Loss. Pimples. Rash. Heartburn. Cramps. Frequent urination. Dehydration Headaches. Yeast infections. Sore ribs. Sore breasts. Sore nipples. Sciatica. Gas. Bloating. Burping. Hormone imbalance. Anemia. High blood pressure. Low blood pressure. Itchy Skin. Excessive Salivation. Metallic taste in mouth. Nose bleeds. Water retention. Leaky breasts. Increased secretions. Linea negra. Stretch marks. Spider veins. Varicose veins. Mask of pigmentation. Wacky dreams. Sharp groin pain. Increased libido. Decreased libido. Memory loss. Mood swings. Anxiety. Hemorrhoids. Fatigue. Insomnia. Leg cramps. Incontinence. Constipation. How in heavens is the earth getting so populated?! And why do we continue to have more babies?! Speaking to your caregiver All joking aside, I truly believe it’s all worth it. And of course you may not have any issues whatsoever! Though, in my experience, most women have at least one or two symptoms throughout pregnancy. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Your caregivers will be able to help for certain issues, others not so much. So I do recommend that you speak to them if something is bothering you rather than waiting until it becomes a bigger problem. Holistic Medicine While a lot of women... read more
What Will You Do With Baby’s Umbilical Cord After Birth?

What Will You Do With Baby’s Umbilical Cord After Birth?

Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord After Birth You have been literally attached to your baby for over nine months. Finally, the day has come when you are going to meet your little one! You have prepared for this day. The baby’s room is finished. You’ve taken great prenatal classes. You have hired an amazing doula. So you know that you have options when it comes to cutting your baby’s umbilical cord, as well as what happens to baby’s cord blood following baby’s birth, right?  Perfect. But unfortunately, many people don’t know that they do. And it’s important because, as with many other interventions, it’s up to you to let your caregivers know your preferences, otherwise they’ll just follow protocol, which may not be what you want for your baby. In this post, I’ll outline the choices you have when it comes to deciding on what to do with your baby’s umbilical cord following birth so that you can make an informed decision for your family. 1 – Immediate cord clamping For many generations now, in a hospital setting, babies’ umbilical cords have been clamped immediately after birth. A small plastic clamp is placed on the cord close to baby’s body, stopping the blood flow from the placenta to your baby. Another clamp is placed a few inches away. Your caregiver, and more recently your partner/family member/your doula/you, then quickly cuts the cord, separating the mother-baby unit that has been ever so close for over nine months. This is often a ceremonial and symbolic gesture of great importance for many families. Get your cameras ready! In cases of emergency, immediate clamping may be necessary,... read more
Caring for baby’s umbilical stump

Caring for baby’s umbilical stump

Baby’s Umbilical Stump – WTF!? (What’s That Funk?) ‘Eeeew.’ ‘Disgusting.’ ‘It gives me the heebie-jeebies!’ ‘Can you clean it?’ I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that most new parents are freaked out by their brand new baby’s belly button – or rather the umbilical stump. Their noses go up, they shiver when talking about it, and they really, really can’t wait for it to fall off. Are you one of these parents? If so, this post is for you as I’ll answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the newborn belly button and the umbilical stump. Here we go: Who cuts the cord? The ceremonial and symbolic gesture of cutting the cord is most often relegated to the partner. Many partners are not too keen on the idea when we first bring this topic up in our prenatal classes, but in general, the majority of them follow through just fine. If the partner is not around, another family member, your doula or even you can cut it. If you are wondering, the texture is slightly rubbery, like that of squid. So it may take a few tries before cutting through. What is delayed cord clamping? I’ve dedicated another entire blog post to the cutting of the cord and what to do with the cord blood. Check out your 5 options, including delayed cord clamping, donating to a public cord blood bank or storing in a private bank. When does the stump fall off? Once the cord has been clamped and cut, baby is left with the umbilical stump. The plastic clamp which was used to clamp the cord will remain... read more

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