Birthing Stories

Luke Cameron Krucek's Birth Story

Luke Cameron Krucek's Birth Story

By Cassandra and Jason Krucek

September 3, 2009 is the start of Luke's birth story. My water broke at 9:30am on Wednesday, the day before he was born. I went to the new Holistic Birthing Center at St. John Medical Center and met my midwife Colleen Brezine when I arrived. I wanted to have a natural child birth plan that included no medications and a water birth. I had a water birth with my daughter at St. John West Shore before and knew of the wonderful benefits it had to offer. The day continued with labor progressing throughout the whole day. We used natural methods to keep labor strong and active. The new room was amazing! I really wanted to include my family and friends in Luke's birth. The room provided the space we needed to accommodate everyone. I was even able to provide wonderful music on the IPOD docking station. The nurses that took care of me were amazing! They were very caring and understanding. I really appreciated that the two nurses Debbie and Ruth were Christians and were able to provide care and prayer in Luke's birth.

The water birth is a unique technique to give birth. It has many benefits. First is a balance of pain care management and an ability to guide the birth in a softer more enriching way. It also provides an element of distraction from the pain and softens the appropriate birthing skin. In addition it creates an easier way to control the pace of the birth. Recovering from a water birth is much better also.

I was amazed how well the water birth worked for Luke. He is a healthy baby boy and weighed in at 8lbs. 7oz. and has a nicely shaped, good sized, head. During labor I knew it was going to be tough getting him out. I labored all day and was stuck at 8cm for a while. I asked for Nubain and I was able to rest for a while. This helped me calm down after being so tired. After about 2 hours Colleen and the nurses said I was 9 1/2 cm and that the tub was the next and last step. When I got into the water I found myself with a new amount of energy. The water was able to help bring him through without causing damage to me. Colleen, my husband, my mom, my best friend and the nurses coached me through each step in the birthing. Luke arrived at 1:07am on Thursday, September 3rd to a full room full of God's love. I think one of the amazing parts was how, after Luke came out. Colleen let him go in the water,, he turned over and opened his eyes and saw everybody waiting for him. She pulled him out of the water and placed him in my arms. I was able to hold him and finally see his beautiful face. My kids came into the room and surrounded us at the end of the tub to see their new baby brother.

A woman's birth story for her children is precious to her. Being able to tell one that is heart felt and happy is nothing short of a miracle!

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Colleen is the most amazing person/midwife, who also introduced me to the wonderful Doula Rae. Together they make a team you cannot beat. They have worked together for years and you can see it and feel it. My husband thought the labor and delivery with Colleen and Doula Rae was an electrifying experience. He still raves about the energy that was in the air during the labor…
A.Barta

Because of my experiences with Colleen and St. John Westshore, there are a few things I know for certain. First, I would absolutely do it again. Second, I will always be grateful for Colleen. Her knowledge, patience and compassion are unsurpassed. Third, I won't be so afraid next time…
A.Kelley

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