About me

My Story

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba I began my career in the birth world as a massage therapist in Canada. My training in prenatal massage allowed me to assist some clients in their early labor with massage in hospital. As the years passed and I moved to Maryland I became a birth doula. I continue to grow and learn as I am now a Hypno Doula and offer placenta encapsulation services.

I am a mother of three, two boys and one girl, and have been married to my best friend for almost a decade.


My personal birth experience involves a medicated hospital birth, an emergency cesarian birth and an unmedicated VBAC. My experience informs my practice and allows me to connect with clients on a more personal level throughout a variety of birth plans and outcomes.

My Philosophy
My Training

I am a DONA International certified birth doula. I truly believe that education empowers us to choose the correct path for our lives.


My role as a doula is to help empower each family with enough information to choose what works for them. Every birth is unique and your experience should reflect that. I would like to help assist the birthing individual as well as the birth partner to achieve this.


As a registered massage therapist of 19 years I will add my knowledge of the human body as well as comfort measures techniques to assist throughout the birthing experience. I believe a family can be made of many individuals and will support those who are on this journey together.

Although each family has their ideal birth plan, I fully understand the additional support needed when things veer off course. As someone who has experienced an emergency Cesarean birth, a medicated vaginal birth and an unmedicated VBAC I can walk with you through this as well.

Survivors of trauma and/or assault may require some additional support leading up to, during and after the birthing process. I can help navigate this delicate situations and triggers that may arise. 

Placenta Specialist

Association of Placenta Preparation Arts 2018

100% Doula Course

Your Doula Biz 2018

Postpartum Belly Binder 

Positive Birth Learning Center 2018

Rebozo Practitioner 

Tracy Osborne 2016

Spinning Babies

Spinning Babies 2016

Certified Labor Doula

DONA International 2016

Childbirth Hypnosis Doula

Hypnobabies® 2016

"When we arrived at the hospital, Kirsten was a game changer, providing physical and emotional support after a long labor and allowing my husband to take breaks when he needed to, while ensuring I had everything I needed.  She also got along great with the hospital staff, which was very important to me as well."  Angelina S.

Myofascial Unwinding/Craniosacral Therapy Level I

Dynamic Body Balancing 2015

Bachelor of Science

University of Winnipeg 2008

Licensed Massage Therapist

Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy 2000

"Thanks to Kirsten, the labor & delivery of our daughter is one of our happiest experiences and fondest memories." 
Chris & Salomee
"Kirsten's passion for helping women and their partners and love of babies is very obvious, and I think one of the best things about her is that she genuinely listened to our concerns and desires and based her advice and actions on what we wanted. Kirsten treated us with the utmost respect and was never judgemental of our wishes or choices." 
Stephanie C.

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© 2017 by Kirsten Bodnarchuk. 

Servicing Maryland & D.C. 

Tel: 443-424-7668

Northern Birth Roots

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1507 Governor Ritchie Hwy, Ste 101, Arnold, MD 21012