Calling all midwives – enjoy a day of luxury for free at a Chester spa.

Posted on 22nd April 2015

A University of Chester student midwife is calling on her colleagues to help her celebrate International Day of the Midwife in style.

Student midwife Amy Oppermann with Gordon Vickers, of the Mill Hotel and Spa.
Student midwife Amy Oppermann with Gordon Vickers, of the Mill Hotel and Spa.

Amy Oppermann, who is currently enjoying maternity leave after the birth of her five-month-old daughter Esme, has organised a luxury spa day and is hoping to welcome dozens of her fellow midwives to the Mill Hotel and Spa next month.

Amy, who has completed two-thirds of her three-year course, persuaded hotel owner Gordon Vickers to offer local midwives complimentary access to the Mill’s health and fitness spa on Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th. The day passes include access to the spa’s gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and fitness suite.

Amy said: “The idea is to encourage midwives to take a well-earned break and treat themselves to a day of luxury.

“Midwives work extremely hard and although the job is very rewarding, it’s also very stressful.  Taking the opportunity to get together with colleagues will also be a great team-building exercise and enable midwives to catch-up with old friends.”

International Day of the Midwife is on May 5.  Observed since 1991, the day is supported by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to raise awareness of the important job midwives do and the care they provide within communities around the world. The ICM’s theme for this year’s International Day of the Midwife is The World Needs Midwives Today More Than Ever, in recognition of its ongoing campaign to highlight the need for midwives.

Kim Gibbon, Head of Midwifery, Child and Reproductive Health at the University of Chester, said: “International Day of the Midwife, and local events like Amy’s spa day, really help to raise awareness of the important job midwives do.”

Amy organised a similar event last year and around 40 people made the most of a lovely day.  She said: “This year, we are hoping that more people will be able to join us. Thanks to the generosity of Mr Vickers and his team at the Mill Hotel and Spa, we’re in for a real treat.”

The Mill Hotel’s health club and spa is open from 8am until 8pm. Midwives should present their midwife or student ID badge to access the facilities free of charge – additional guests will be charged £8 per person.  For more information, please contact Amy Oppermann at