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.

Enjoy! 

Irem

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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Motivation – how to find it when we lose it? | Lenise Collimore

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Lenise Collimore

Am happy to present Lenise Collimore, one of our lovely Get in Touch Network Partners, who once has given an inspiring talk to tour Get in Touch Group (see pics in this blogpost).

She then told us about her own personal ‘journey in life’, coming from somewhere else in the world, via via landed in Eindhoven, and how she managed to get herself rooted again.

Her initiative to start her own blog ‘Eindhoven in Motion’ has been a great support for herself, but also for a lot of followers, especially internationals who are searching around for useful and relevant information about sports in general, sports events, specific sports, sport experiences .. in English!

Lenise provides for that in her appealing personal way in her blog ‘Eindhoven in Motion’.  Below she has written a post for our own Get in Touch Blog about how motivation and ‘getting in motion’ are closely linked to each other … enjoy and thx Lenise !

MOTIVATION – HOW TO FIND IT WHEN WE LOSE IT?

Some days I just don’t have it. I get snowballed with work and family life. And I can procrastinate with the best of them. “I don’t have time”, I say. “I will do it tomorrow”, I tell myself, unconvincingly. And the more I do this, the less motivation I have. And the less motivation I have, the more I put things off. And the more I put things off, the worse I feel. It can affect my sleep, my mood, my concentration, and my choices.

For me, exercise and motivation are tightly linked. If I don’t get a good dose of movement in my day, I can’t quite keep up with anything. But what happens when I don’t have the motivation to exercise? How do I find it again?

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The Tribe of Play | Susan Lambriks

 

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Susan Lambriks

Would love to introduce Susan Lambriks in our Get in Touch Blog.

Susan is working in the TU/e Sports Center (SSC). She and her colleague Lara Hofstra are actively involved in the SSC project to welcome international spouses in the colorful world of the SSC. Both are passionate about the broad variety of sports any member might enjoy in the beautifully equipped  center, each day of the week.

Recently, our Get in Touch group has enjoyed a wonderful guided tour, which was awesome en informative. We’ll keep being involved as partner in this appealing project. Therefore I would love to give floor to Susan and her captivating story. Enjoy!

THE TRIBE OF PLAY

Ding-dong. [Door opens]. “Hey! Can you come out and play?”

This was the slogan of my childhood. Growing up in the Mojave Desert suburbs of Los Angeles in the ‘90’s, the kids on bicycles, skateboards and light-up sneakers ruled the streets.

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