Irma Speetjes & her Childbirth Class | Interview by our GiT spouse Irem Bezcioglu

Am very happy to present this interview with Irma Speetjens about her Childbirth Class, initiated and carried out by Irem Bezcioglu!

Finding your way in a new country is demanding! There are thousands of things to ask, learn and remember. After living in Eindhoven for more than 4 years, I thought I had learnt enough!

Yet I started all over again when I found out I was going to have a baby. Among the many learning experiences during pregnancy, taking a childbirth class was by far the most useful one. I am happy that I contacted Irma Speetjens, a mother of four kids, a nurse, and a childbirth class teacher, to help me facilitate the birth of my son.

In her classes, Irma makes sure couples are well prepared for what expects them before, during and after the labor. This post is all about her; who she is, how she started to work with internationals, what she offers in her classes, etc.



Irma and Kuzey

Irma Speetjens with the lovely handsome son Kuzey of Irem Bezcioglu

Could you tell us about yourself?

I’m a mother of 4 children, 3 sons and one daughter. I love biking, like reading books and shop in town and feel relaxed on our boat and enjoy the Netherlands from the water. Besides that there is always something going on in my lovely family.

After being a hospital-based nurse for 12 years I became a mother. Because of these new family commitments, I started the childbirth education of Samen Bevallen. Since 1997 I have worked as a childbirth class teacher and I give classes in Dutch two evenings a week.

I know what it is like to be expecting a baby in a culture other than your own and all the uncertainty and emotions that this can bring. I specialize in prenatal individual or group childbirth classes- information sessions and coaching for international couples expecting a baby in the Netherlands.

I really enjoy working with pregnant women during pregnancy and birth. My aim is to help couples have a memorable and empowering birthing experience in the Netherlands. I hope that every international parent-to-be I support will anticipate their birth with confidence, look back at their birthing experience with contentment and feel prepared and excited about becoming new parents in Holland.

How did you begin with the birth class for internationals?

As a former expat myself, having lived in the United States and also Japan, I have personal experience of what it is like to move countries and find your way in a new totally different system. My husband works at ASML and he knows how many expats are living in Eindhoven. And being pregnant! He motivated me to start my English classes.

This was the inspiration for starting my English spoken classes in 2000.

How can internationals benefit from your classes?
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Motherhood Matters | Carola Eijsenring

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Carola Eijsenring

Since we started our Get in Touch program more than 5 years ago, spouses were mothers, became pregnant or were thinking about starting families.

Although the majority of the GiT spouses don’t have children (yet), as ‘aunties’ they do enjoy kids and are involved in the well-being of them by helping out at lunch time in the International School, baby-sitting kids of other GiT spouses, looking out for nephews and nieces, and of the kids who play around during GiT meetups.

So one way or other, all of us care for kids. In this post I would like to inform you about various activities and services according to motherhood issues .. pls use it to your advantage and enjoy!

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For Moms and their new Baby | Reffat Ara Shegufa

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Reffat Ara Shegufa

Due to excessive advertisements formula milk food is very popular now-a-days. Although breastfeeding is completely a personal matter, some health organizations (like W.H.O.) suggest 5-6 months of exclusive breastfeeding which is beneficial for both mother and children.

Here I am sharing some points from my knowledge and experience about this, which may help you to take your decision.

For the baby:

  1. Breast milk contains sufficient amount of vitamins, protein and fat which ensures a proper growth for the baby.
  2. DSCN3209More easily digested than the formula ones.
  3. Antibodies in breast milk protect your baby from infections.
  4. Lowers the risk of asthma and allergies.
  5. Increases IQ
  6. Helps to develop strong bonding with mother
  7. Fewer rate of hospitalization due to illness
  8. Prevents SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)

For the mother:

  1. IMG_6972It will increase bonding with your child
  2. It will help the uterus to return to the normal size more quickly
  3. Helps to loose pregnancy weight faster
  4. It will reduce chance of breast and ovarian cancer later in life
  5. Reduces postpartum bleeding


Breastfeeding creates a unique and powerful physical and emotional connection between a mother and her prince/princess.

You and your baby are unique, and the decision is completely up to you. Hope this writing will help you to take an appropriate decision.

BTW More general info about health care in Eindhoven, click here