A personal message from Sylvia,
Founder of Rock the Cradle

Congrats on creating a mini-you! I remember the immediate thought that came into my mind after I saw that second pink line for the first time: How will I do this? I knew I wanted a positive birthing experience, but had no clue where to start.

My husband may have studied engineering. But dealing with female mechanics? Not so much. So I decided to hire a doula for additional support. And it was such a game-changer for us that I never gave birth again without one.

Here’s what I know as someone who has attended over 175 births and had three of her own: The way a woman gives birth can have a lasting impact on the birth story she shares, how her body heals, how close she feels to her partner during and after the birthing experience, and even the bond she forms with her new baby.

Full disclosure—it still took blood, sweat and tears. But giving birth wasn’t the screamfest I imagined it would be (thanks for that, Hollywood). I was grounded in the moment. I walked around like an Amazon queen for days. And all because an amazing birth squad had my back…and I was encouraged to give birth my way, in my own time.

This is why I founded Rock the Cradle. So more couples can get the knowledgeable, loving and non-judgmental support they need to prepare for the positive birth experience they want.

I know that working with a doula is a highly personal choice. Our free birth consultations help us match you to a doula who fits your personality, your birthing preferences and philosophies, and your interest in any specialty services we offer like hypnobirthing or aromatherapy.

But beyond the right qualifications, if you’re going to have someone all up in your business (literally!), it’s important to find a doula you feel comfortable with. Someone you can trust during—let’s be real—a very vulnerable time.

That’s why we facilitate face-to-face meet and greets with your potential doula before you embark on that relationship. Because it really is all about the chemistry.

The first step? Check out our doula roster below or come to one of our monthly Open Houses. See who you connect with. And when you’re ready to learn more about your options, call me and I’ll connect you with the doula that’s right for you!

Let’s rock your birth,

Sylvia

Certified Montreal Birth & Postpartum Doula,
Founder of Rock the Cradle

Meet our doula dream team

MEET JENNY BERTHIAUME, OUR YOGI MAMA

Certified Yoga Therapist & Teacher, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Childbirth Educator, Certified Postpartum Doula

DOULA JOURNEY & PHILOSOPHY
My doula journey began after having my first-born in hospital. I didn’t realize then how important it was to have someone other than my husband present in the birth room. A woman, a doula. Someone who had been there, done it, and could assure me that everything was okay. I wanted to be that support for future mothers and also support their partners through this exciting adventure.

Two years later, wanting a different birth experience, I had a blissful home birth surrounded by two doulas, two midwives, my husband and my sweet toddler.

Reminding me of the impermanence of everything, by month three of my son’s life, I was an exhausted, tandem-breastfeeding mama who was diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety. That’s when I discovered that having support during that postnatal period was crucial. While I adore teaching prenatal yoga, I consider some of my most important work to be during the first few days, weeks and months post birth.  

I help empower couples to take charge of their pregnancy and birth, so they can have the positive birth experience they want. I incorporate meditation, visualization, yoga philosophy, postures and breathing techniques into pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister-science, is also an important tool in helping parents better understand their whole selves and their children. I believe even just a little experience with these things can help us to cope with the challenges along the way and find joy in these special and fleeting moments.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
  • Certified Yoga Therapist & Teacher (500+ hours with Yoga Alliance)
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with David Frawley at AIVS
  • Naturotherapist with the ANQ
  • Certified Birth Doula through Alternative Naissance
  • Certification in Mom and Baby Yoga, Yin Yoga, Children’s Yoga
  • Certificate in Indian Infant Shantala Massage
  • Basics of Breastfeeding and Active Listening, Nourrisource Montreal
  • 3 years of personal experience with tandem nursing
  • Owner of ayogimamasguide.com and Jenny Bee Yoga

LOVE NOTES

“Jenny has helped me immensely and I recommend her therapeutic yoga services with great enthusiasm! I came to her with a back problem made worse by diastasis recti problem that re-emerged 17 years after giving birth when I tripped and fell all wrong (true story and yes, ugh!). With Jenny guiding me on special breathing and other techniques, my pain levels started to descend in just a few weeks, and I’m confident that with her help, I’ll keep improving and eventually be comfortable enough to dance salsa with vigour! Thank you so much, Jenny!” – Shelley Kath

READ MORE OF JENNY’S TESTIMONIALS

MEET AYDA DE SOUZA, OUR MAMA BEAR

Certified Laval Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula

DOULA JOURNEY & PHILOSOPHY
I remember growing up in a small Middle Eastern town and watching my mother calm, reassure, and lend strength to women during the birthing process. I can picture the sweat on her brow, the reassuring smile on her face. As a midwife, she was an emotional anchor for the women in our community.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. And I think it takes a village to birth one, too. After the challenging birth of my first child where I felt alone and scared, I gave birth to my following three children at the birthing centre with the support of wonderful midwives. These positive birth experiences inspired me to train as a doula, so I could create the same sense of community for other women giving birth. Since then I’ve shared my passion for birth with many, including underprivileged families, refugee women, and young teens.

As a mother of four who has now attended over 200 births, I know all the ins and outs of birthing centres and hospital settings and procedures. And I believe that honest advice, realistic expectations, and nonjudgmental support are essential to birthing without fear. I also love using holistic tools, like Aromatherapy, to help you ride the waves of labour with more ease and energy, so you can rise above any discomfort and feel powerful giving birth.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
  • MBC Certified Holistic Doula
  • Member of the Association des naturothérapeutes du Québec which allows me to provide receipts for insurance purposes
  • Association of naturotherapists

LOVE NOTES

“I am so grateful that Ayda was part of the journey of my first pregnancy. I felt an immediate connection the first time I met her, and after our first discussion I knew she understood me, my husband, and our vision of our ideal birth. During the pregnancy, she gave me so many precious tools to be as ready as I could be for labour and delivery. I loved that she was totally real, she prepared me and helped me not to avoid the pain but to surrender to it, to welcome it and be empowered by it, as it is what helps bring baby into this world. When the day arrived, I felt she she was an angel by my side. I listened to every word she calmly said by my ear during labour and delivery, and I know that thanks to her cues and my mental preparation, I was blessed with a beautiful, completely natural, empowering birth. I am forever grateful for her help and really think every woman should have a doula to accompany them in the amazing adventure of giving life.” – Dr. Caroline Cardona

READ MORE OF AYDA’S TESTIMONIALS

MEET HEATHER MARR

Certified Birth Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula, Member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada. 

DOULA JOURNEY & PHILOSOPHY
I’ve been fascinated with childbirth ever since my two sisters and I used to pretend, as kids, that we were orphans living alone in the wilderness with no other human contact: foraging for food, fending off mountain lions…and giving birth in very noisy re-enactments of dramatic scenes we’d seen on TV!

I first heard the word “doula” when I was pregnant with my first child in San Francisco, California. For some reason, though, I thought that because the hospital where I was planning to birth had midwives on staff, my husband and I would have plenty of built-in hands-on support when I went into labour. I assumed a birth doula would be redundant. At two weeks post-dates, labour induced with Syntocinon, I panicked at the intensity of the pain, had an epidural, and pushed for hours. The medical team, excellent and caring but stretched thin among all the other labouring moms, didn’t have a lot of time or energy for nurturing or helping my husband and me weigh options regarding various interventions. And my husband, fabulous though he was (and still is), had never been through this before, either.

Out came my healthy, gorgeous baby daughter, but afterwards I thought, Wow, yeah, we seriously should have hired a doula!

After having experienced it for myself for the first time—and then again, nearly five years later, when I birthed my son, quickly, naturally, unexpectedly at 35 weeks—I became even more enamoured with pregnancy, birth, and those surreal first days of parenting. I read everything I could on the subject, somehow knowing that one day I would accompany other parents and parents-to-be on their own journeys. And listen to them tell their stories. I’m thrilled to say that for the last few years I’ve been doing this work that’s been calling me for as long as I can remember.

The adventure of bringing your baby earthside is an experience that truly matters. Whether you birth vaginally or by belly, without pain meds or with the full kit, in a hospital bed or in your bathtub at home, with Snatam Kaur or Jay-Z (or both!) on your birth playlist, my deepest intention is for you to feel informed, empowered, full of breath and exquisite light, and surrounded by love. And maybe even have a pretty good time.

 

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
  • Certified Birth Doula, MotherWit
  • Certified Postpartum Doula, Newborn Mothers Collective
  • Fertility specialist training, BeboMia
  • Member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada (which means I can issue receipts for insurance purposes)
  • Rebozo for Birth workshop, Gena Kirby
  • Acupressure for Birth workshop, Tanya Smith
  • Yoga teacher training, 200 hours, It’s Yoga San Francisco

LOVE NOTES

“With her knowledge, experience, and relaxed manner, Heather calmed the anxieties I had about my pregnancy and the birth and made the hospital birth a peaceful experience. Between her expert acupressure, which allowed me to forgo medication, and her calm and competent presence by my side, the birth was a positive and empowering experience. Her guidance with what to expect helped us deal with some of the emotional ups and downs following the birth. Warm, open-minded, and a good listener and advocate, Heather truly loves being a part of childbirth.” – Amanda B.

READ MORE OF HEATHER’S TESTIMONIALS

MEET MIKA ROCK, OUR ZEN MOTHER

Certified Holistic Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Certified Yoga teacher specializing in women’s health and wellness, Certified Shiatsu therapist and a Member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada. 

DOULA JOURNEY & PHILOSOPHY

My roots go back to 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 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 Certified 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 a very positive one. 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 labouring, and when becoming new parents. I believe these are all 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 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.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
  • MBC Certified Holistic Doula
  • Member of the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada
  • Certified Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Perinatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Certified Science teacher
  • Certified Zen Shiatsu therapist

LOVE NOTES

“Mika was our doula this past June 2018. I can’t imagine how we would have done it without her! Mika Rock was a calm, knowledgeable and nonjudgemental support throughout the pregnancy and birth. She was a great teammate to my partner during the late night labour. When my labour quickly accelerated, she knew just when to get the medical team into the room. Having a doula during such a major physical and emotional transition is a great way to set yourself up for a healthy and positive birth and postpartum experience. Thank you Mika! » – Jill W.

READ MORE OF MIKA’S TESTIMONIALS

MEET YVONNE PELLING, OUR MINDFULNESS MAVEN

Certified Montreal Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, Mindfulness Practitioner

DOULA JOURNEY & PHILOSOPHY
Birth can be a beautifully intense and wildly empowering experience when you, your partner, and your doula are working as a team. I know, because that’s what I felt during my first birth. My doula guided my husband to be the best hands-on support I could ask for and created a bubble of trust for us, so we could make informed decisions every step of the way. I decided on a home birth for my second child, and the collective strength that supported me through it gave me a birth story I still love to share.

That’s what I want for you, too. That cloud-nine feeling. And after experiencing first-hand how a doula brought my husband and I closer together, from pregnancy to parenthood, I know that birth doesn’t have to be so scary.

By demystifying the birth experience, I want to help women trust their bodies, trust the process, and trust the connection they share with their partners. Whether navigating the hospital system or birthing at home, I’m here to help you make the best choices for you and your growing family.

My specialties? I know how to work a rebozo like nobody’s business and I’m trained in Aromatherapy, so I can create scents that induce contractions, relieve morning sickness, or give you bursts of energy during labour. I also practice mindfulness in my daily life and bring the principles of living in the moment not only to birth, but to pregnancy and the postpartum period.

TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
  • Motherwit Certified Birth Doula
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
  • Member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists
  • Yoga Nidra for Birth workshop, Clearlight Gerald
  • Rebozo for Birth workshop, Gena Kirby
  • Acupressure for Birth workshop, Tanya Smith
  • Nourrisource Breastfeeding Basics
  • Adult and Infant CPR – 2nd responder
  • Member of the Association des naturothérapeutes du Québec which allows me to provide receipts for insurance purposes

LOVE NOTES

Yvonne was the perfect doula for us! She is knowledgeable and yet always allowed us to choose our own path through pregnancy, early labour at home as well as labour and birthing at the hospital. She and my husband were an amazing team supporting me through labour. I can’t imagine what our experience would have been without her strong, yet not overbearing presence. She empowered both my husband and I to rise to the challenging adventure of labour in a way that I know we would not have managed on our own. We had a post-natal meeting today and it was everything I’d hoped for, including hands on help with breastfeeding and the space to safely express my emotions about labour and the birthing experience.” – Simone Arsenault-May

READ MORE OF YVONNE’S TESTIMONIALS

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