by Ariel BK

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, I had my first contraction at 10:33pm. Contractions continued from this point onward, throughout the rest of the evening and into Sunday morning, lasting about 30 seconds, about 10-20 minutes apart. All day Sunday, these contractions increased in intensity and in consistency, though I still managed to hike up a hill to get my last pregnancy Photoshoot in (at exactly 40 weeks)…


By 7pm, there was no doubt that I was in active labor; the contractions were roaring, as was I, and by 5:17am on November 11, 2019 (11/11✨) Harmony Riot was born of a home water birth, weighing in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measuring 19.25 inches in length. πŸ‘Ά

The sun began to rise 🌞  right upon the birth of my placenta, as Benny and I laid with our beautiful daughter in the company of my mom and our incredible midwife and medical assistant. I learned I did not need a doula to do what the wisdom of my Womban body knew and had always known how to do. I don’t believe that I could have felt more empowered throughout the duration of this labor as I did. πŸ’ͺ

Throughout each phase, my deepest strength was challenged. My body entered a state of ketosis in active labor and my birth team gently forced me to eat, as my body had essentially begun eating itself. My β€œwater” (amniotic sac) hadn’t broken until some point near the moment of birth, even after several manual attempts by my midwife, each in the midst of a brutal contraction. πŸ’¦

I vomited, I defecated, I chuckled, and I wept; I purged, in whole surrender, as I prepared to. And in all of my mental, physical, & spiritual exhaustive efforts, Harmony and I conquered our births, each of us, reborn into a new life as mother and daughter. πŸ‘­

I now hold a newfound level of respect and gratitude for Womben and I am sincerely privileged and humbly honored to walk this Earth so fiercely in this Divine Feminine Essence.🌝 🌺

My dharma is to raise you, Harmony Riot, in the consciousness of this Essence which lives and breathes inside of you. I love you from the depths of my being and I will model to you how to love yourself above all else and then offer that love to the world 🌎

WOMBen… take your power back, reclaim your birth, you just might hold more strength than you realize… I bow to you, Namaste πŸ™