A Labour of Love – a guide to natural childbirth without fear


Available in PDF format as a downloadable eBook.

This book presents information in an empowering and honest way written from the eclectic experiences of Gabrielle who has worked as a Doula and independent childbirth educator for 20 years. As a mother of three children, all naturally birthed in the water, Gabrielle has a wealth of experience and knowledge which she shares in this unique book.

The information is beautifully intertwined with stories from the heart, and includes information and quotes from other prominent childbirth educators: Ina May Gaskin, Spiritual Midwifery and Dr Grantly Dick-Read, Childbirth Without Fear.

Gabrielle presents a non-medical approach to childbirth that emphasises empowering and asserting confidence in women and their support partners. Every chapter has something to offer to assist in acknowledging what is necessary when preparing for a natural birth. It also de-mystifies and questions the fear surrounding birth today and covers so many important labour and birth issues that are often overlooked.

To LISTEN to chapters of A Labour of Love read by Gabrielle Targett


Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13


“There’s a reason they call childbirth ‘labour’ – and not, say, ‘sport and recreation’. Giving birth is the hardest and most humbling work a woman will ever do. It is also, par excellence, the most loving. Gabrielle Targett’s wonderful book approaches the challenge of childbirth from both ends (as it were) – coupling practical advice with an inspiring and joyful vision. For any woman who aspires to be present at her own childbirth – in body, mind and spirit – I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Susan Maushart
Author of The Mask of Motherhood

“Gabrielle, I just had to say a massive thank you for your support you have given me and especially my wife Hayley. On Saturday 5th of February we gave birth to our first child, a gorgeous baby girl Elora. With the help of your book and CDs, Elora came into our would without the need of any drugs or interventions — the good ol’ fashioned way. Hayley has said that there was no way she could have gotten through the labour without the help of your book. I read it too and loved everything about it – so thank you so much. Our dream to have a natural birth had come true. So once again, thank you so very much.”

Brendan Clark, Karratha WA, February 2011
Customer of A Labour of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth and Hypnosis for Birth CDs

“Absolutely, every pregnant woman should read it! It answered so many questions re my first hospital birth and inspired me and gave me the strength to educate myself as best I could and resulted in choosing a CMP cared for home waterbirth with my son…best thing ever. I also did Gaby’s birth hypnosis and found it invaluable!”

Ruth Young, via email
Customer of A Labour of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth