Information for Observing Students & Health Professionals
Students and health professionals can normally observe in person support sessions, virtual 1:1 consultations and virtual antenatal breastfeeding education sessions. Please register using the link below and scroll down for further information about each type of session. Please register using the links on this page, rather than booking a slot elsewhere on our site, which are meant for our service user families.
To give our team a well-deserved break we will be closed from the evening of Friday Saturday, July 29th to the morning of Monday, August 15th, including our Facebook group. We will respond to any requests when we reopen.
In Person Support Sessions
We have restarted four weekly in person support sessions at Didcot Baby Monday, Barton Community Centre, Kidlington Hub and Donnington Doorstep Family Centre. There is space for one observer at each session. We hope to have an online booking system for these slots soon, but in the meantime, someone from our team will contact you to arrange a slot after you register to observe (button above).
1:1 Virtual Consultations
We have some capacity for student observers in our virtual 1:1 consultations on Zoom. Session times may only be set shortly before the session happens, in response to incoming Help Requests from families. Some families choose not to have an observer at their consultation. The more flexible you can be about timing, and the more quickly you can respond to messages, the more likely we are to be able to accommodate you. Read more about what parents can expect from virtual consultations. Someone from our team will contact you to arrange a slot after you register to observe (using the button at the top of the page).
Virtual Antenatal Breastfeeding Education Sessions
Our virtual antenatal breastfeeding education sessions occur monthly on Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am. We have capacity for several student observers per session. Someone from our team will contact you to arrange a slot after you register to observe (using the button at the top of the page).
We maintain a list of Recommend Breastfeeding Resources for Health Professionals, and you can sign up to the OBS Professionals Mailing List to receive occasional updates on our services. You can also download a poster about our services to share and print out.
Most of our breastfeeding support happens in our private, women-only Facebook group. You are welcome to join this as an observer during your course, to learn about interactions between group members, the OBS team, volunteers and each other.
You will be asked three questions when you request to join; if you make it clear that you are a student in a related discipline, we will add you to the group. We request that you don't post, unless you have checked with an Admin first. We also ask you not to identify yourself as a student. If you are or have been a breastfeeding mother, you are of course welcome to join the group as a service user.
Note for Student Midwives
Unlike at the hospital breastfeeding drop-ins, women and their supporters can come at any stage of pregnancy or lactation, or post-weaning, if they want to work through their experience after breastfeeding has ended. This means that there is a much wider range of baby ages, including many who are well beyond the midwifery remit; for example parents often come for information about starting solid foods or returning to work. If you would like to extend your learning to include breastfeeding beyond the early weeks, you might find our Recommended Resources For Parents and Recommend Resources for Health Professionals useful.