Testimonials

Testimonials

I just want to say thank you, for giving me the confidence to birth my first child naturally. I read your book A Labour of Love and listened to your Hypnosis for Birth prior to my due date. I can now proudly say I had a wonderful 14 hour labour. I have only positive memories of this time. I do find it very sad that I have not personally heard of a natural positive birth story yet (I have only read about them).  People are very surprised when I tell them my labour was great after they ask me my story feel people want you to tell them that it was terrible. I hope that telling my story to pregnant woman I know, will give them the confidence to labour naturally. 

Thanks again,

Laura Fraser  

If you have any fear around your birth you must have a 3 hour intensive session with Gaby – it will seriously blow you away! I created the birth I always wanted to have because of the skills Gaby taught me and because of the positive and excited mindset she helped me create. All I can say is thank you Gaby so much, you really did assist me to create a beautiful ‘Labour of Love’ where fear had not place to be!

Janice xx
Where do I start in thanking you for making Edie’s breech birth such a positive experience? You were such an amazing support for all of us. She continues to be a happy and calm little bub and is growing so fast!

Hannah, Tim, Edie & Granny Jo

No words can thank you enough for the support and wisdom before, during and after the birth of our gorgeous boy! We could not have done it without you!

Lots of love from Carmen, Paul & Jarrah xxxx

To the best ‘Hoola Doula’ in the West.

Your assistance and love throughout my fantastic birth was greatly appreciated!

We could not have had the wonderful experience we did with the knowledge and humble guidance from you. Thank you so much.

Robbie and Luke April 2005

Upon arriving at my destination, I am struck by the importance of the wonderful and incredible journey I have taken in getting there. Thank you Gaby for helping me along my way.

Chris, Amber, Grace and Keeley 2004

Initially I was reluctant to have an ‘outsider’ at our birth. In hindsight however, I am incredibly grateful to have had Gaby’s intuition, skills, sensitivity and support she brought to every aspect of the birth. It took an enormous amount of pressure off me and allowed me to enjoy the whole experience in a way I don’t think would have been possible had we not had a doula.

Matt

I have been asked by many ‘Why have a Doula?’ or ‘What did the Doula do for you?’ What they should have asked was, ‘Why wouldn’t you have a Doula?’I was unsure of what type of birth I really wanted, even after reading through book after book. The visualisations I did with my doula Gaby allowed me to envisage my birth in a positive but clear manner. This helped my partner and I discuss our ideas and begin to formulate a plan.Through discussions with Gaby we were able to develop a clear and concise Birth Plan. She enabled us to use the language that both my partner and I could understand.As our time together in appointments went on we gained confidence and felt empowered to birth naturally. We respected the position of each other, but also knew we had the experience Gaby for support. This took ‘the fear of the unknown’ out of it.I had confidence in my partner to be the best possible support with Gaby by our side overseeing and guiding us on our journey. As his confidence and enthusiasm developed, I felt I was able to relax and trust in him more.My partner’s felt he could ask Gaby anything. There were no “dumb” questions and he was relaxed about knowing she would be there anyway if something came up.I felt like the pregnancy and birth experience was as much about me as it was about the baby. (I had had negative experiences with my Obstetrician.)I knew that I would not be alone or would not have to wait around for someone to support me during labour.I felt relaxed continually supported throughout our labour/birth experience. I did not have to change my focus or think about anything else.My partner felt confident and relaxed throughout our labour/birth experience. He could come and go to the toilet, for coffee, to get me things.Gaby helped set up the room/rooms as I had visualised.Come our labour day Gaby knew what I wanted before I did. “Would you like to try the shower?”, “Would you like to try the bath now?”Having a Doula in the room meant that hospital staff respected my Birth Plan/desire for a natural birth. Intervention/checks were at a minimum. My partner and I felt confident in asking for and doing what we wished during the birth.Having a Doula meant I did not have to talk to Hospital staff about trivial things. My partner and our Doula talked when we felt like it. It was like a circle of friends. There was no stranger/strangeness.Gaby was encouraging and supportive throughout the experience. Even after hours and hours and hours of labour.Gaby reminded my partner and myself about drinking and eating to keep our strength up.Gaby had trained me to use hypnosis for labour. This enabled me to focus on and welcome every contraction, allowing all the positive hormones to support my labour.My every need or desire was catered for before, during and after my birth experience.I had extra support for breastfeeding, which may have been difficult as the hospital was full and very busy and no one seemed to have the time at all to show me properly.I had a friendly face and voice on the end of the phone while in hospital and when we arrived home.I firmly believe that our positive birth experience was as a direct result of the preparation, support and advice of our Doula – Gaby. If only she could continue until our beautiful boy is a grown adult.

Olivia and Greg, 2007
I have enjoyed every moment of your pregnancy specific Aqua-fitness classes. They are fun, enjoyable and educational all in one!

Jody 2013

Hi Gabrielle, I am writing to say to you thank you for all the time and energy you put into your fantastic pregnancy aqua classes. This is my third time (pregnancy) coming to your classes and I always feel so positive, relaxed and worked-out afterwards. I know you have been running these classes a very long time but your energy and enthusiasm to help women be more positive in pregnancy and birth just never stops.

Diane 2013

Hi Gaby, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your water-aerobics classes. These classes are not your regular aqua class at all. I learnt so much from you, about all sorts of topics to do with pregnancy and birth. Your classes are the reason I experienced such a fantastic labour – so I can’t thank you enough for that. You really to have an amazing gift to empower women and help them to believe in their ability to give birth.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Kylie 2012

Thank you for your support and education you gave me during my pregnancy through your Aqua classes. When I began I felt quite isolated but now I have a lovely network of friends with baby’s to share this new stage of life with. I can credit your Aqua class to having a wonderful pregnancy as I just felt so fit and healthy and mentally positive. I also felt empowered and informed going into my labour. Keep up this fantastic and important work you do Gaby!

Katiexx

The pregnancy massage I had with Gaby was the best massage I have ever had! OMG I wish I had of started coming sooner to you Gaby! – Anita

I am totally addicted in the best possible way to Gaby’s pregnancy massage. I love the relaxing music she plays, the soft lighting, the oil scented with a hint of lavender and best of all the table which is very comfortable and relaxing as your belly fits beautifully in the designated space/hole. If you are pregnant you have to experience this, you won’t be disappointed! – Danni

From the moment I laid down on your amazing massage table with my belly in the hole I felt weightless. I couldn’t believe how I just could not even feel my pregnant belly at all. It was if I wasn’t pregnant! I walked out of our session feeling so relaxed in my muscles and body and so positive mentally as you said a few words of encouragement about my labour that I needed to hear. – Thank you so much, Jan

As a post birth lactating Mum of a four week old baby boy I decided I needed a massage with Gaby. It was absolutely divine. All Mum’s post birth should have a session with Gaby just to reconnect with your body and let go of any tension left over from your birth. I feel like a new woman – thank you Gaby xxxx – Sam

Gabrielle Targett is a gift to the women of Perth. Throughout my two pregnancies her aqua fitness classes made me healthy in body and spirit and prepared me physically and mentally for the challenge of giving birth. The role she plays in passing on her knowledge and experience within the community is truly unique and her support throughout this beautiful journey has been invaluable.

From Yummy Mum of three adorable children Rayne Embley (Life partner of Andrew Embley West Coast Eagles Football Player)

I was lucky enough to have found Gaby during my first pregnancy. I immediately resonated with her warm and loving nature and all the opportunities she was offering expecting couples.  As much as I wanted a natural birth I also wanted an informed birth. I wanted to know everything about my body and what it was going through regardless of the birth outcome, Gaby gave me this gift. I attended Gaby’s 4 week women’s journey which I absolutely loved. Informing, calming and such a pleasure to be in a safe environment with three other like minded pregnant women. My partner Andrew and I attended Gaby’s couple’s journey which was a fantastic way to connect with my husband and share all the knowledge I had gained from Gaby. I regularly went to Gaby’s pregnancy water aerobics class’s which was another fantastic opportunity to connect with like minded women and continue to ask Gaby as many questions as I could during the final stages of my pregnancy. I can’t recommend more highly enough Gaby’s pregnancy massage! She really understands a pregnant woman’s body and all of those places that need that extra special attention. After trying a couple of other places closer to home, I only ever went back to Gaby. She also used her hypnotic voice and skills to talk to me in a calm soothing manner during my treatments and I always walked out feeling on cloud nine. I have also read both of Gaby’s books A Labour of Love 1 & 2, from start to finished multiple times as well as passed them on to my friends. All in all Gabrielle Targett has a gift. She get’s women. She understands different women and their specific goals and needs. Her love and kindness shines through in everything she does. It was such a pleasure to be able to share three pregnancies with Gaby. I feel strong, I feel empowered and I feel at ease. Thank you for giving me that gift Gaby.

Warmest regards, Rayne Embley

Sarah Kahle mum to Lily (19 months) and Henry (10 days old via an amazing VBAC)

Hi Gabrielle, My name is Jaren and I’m a singer/songwriter living in Montreal, Canada. I just wanted to let you know that I gave birth to a beautiful son on February 22nd (second child), and I prepared two months in advance using your hypnosis for birth mp3s. It was a fast, beautiful home birth (3.5 hours long) and I credit my ability to relax so fully to your guided meditations/relaxations.  I tried many different methods (hypnobabies, painless childbirth, etc.) and found yours to be the best match!  So thank you again for your hard work! I tell all my pregnant friends about your work.

All the Best, Jaren Cerf

Hi Gabrielle, I read your book when I came across it when I was 13 weeks pregnant with my 1st child. Being a naturopath I wanted a natural birth but had a lot of apprehension when my pregnancy was confirmed and I realised I had to give birth! Your book enabled me to be positive & excited about giving birth & empowered to do it the way I wanted it done. I attended yoga classes where similar philosophies were taught by the yoga teacher and I was also able to share my positivity & excitement with other class members. I’ve given your book to every pregnant friend or family member and also read it again when I was pregnant with my second. 

Thanks for being a wonderful inspiration, Jo Schutt

Words cannot express how grateful we are. A massive thank you for being involved in our journey and for your words of wisdom and support. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to guide us along our path.

Thank you for being you – much love.

Miranda, Jason, Ava and Levi

Hi Gabrielle, I am a new mum of 11 days and just wanted to let you know how much your book, Labour of Love, assisted me in fulfilling my dream of having a natural birth for my first child (a son!)I stumbled across your book in a book shop early in my pregnancy and it immediately empowered me to feel confident about my impending birth experience. Even late in my pregnancy when I started to get the jitters, all I needed to do was refer back to your book to restore my confidence in my ability to birth my child naturally.(Not to mention reciting the birth affirmations that I stuck on the toilet door!) As a result, I gave birth completely naturally to my 3.145kg son on June 14 with the wonderful assistance of the midwives at Galliers Hospital in Armadale. I did not even need stitches!! I just wanted to let you know how much I credit my strength during childbirth to your book – the midwives commented they couldn’t believe I was smiling between contractions! I will certainly be giving your book to any of my friends who become pregnant in the future in the hope that they benefit from it as much as I did.

Regards, Sonya Kimbar

Thankyou so much for your book. I was looking to buy one, and I saw yours, flicked through it, saw it had what I was looking for, and bought it. When I got home I realised you were from Fremantle and Mary Murphy was your midwife. I had Mary and Theresa Clifford for both my births. Mary loved the photos. Anyway. You book had the exact information I was looking for. I never realised how important knowing times were until I was in labour. After 4 hours of a pretty hard labour with double-peaked contractions with 3 in 10 mins, it was rough hearing I was 3cm dilated. I had heard and read so many birthing stories, so many books about birth, so many textbooks, but the exact information I was looking for was that labour can begin like that and can progress very quickly from there. Before the VE I was certain I was half-way through (that’s what my instincts said), but after the VE said 3 cm’s, that didn’t seem very likely. So I went to hospital (no-one really talked me out of it – someone invited my mother and she told them not to try to keep me going at home which was specifically what I told them to do in the weeks before), had an epidural, and things went downhill from there. I didn’t have a caesarean, but the word was mentioned. And I went a full 4 hours without a contraction. So for my second pregnancy, I still wanted to know more. It seemed like I had read every book on the planet, but I never found what I was looking for until I read your book. My second birth was a dream. The whole thing was over in less than an hour and a half (I was actually looking forward to going into labour when my son was born). He was a water birth with hypnosis, so I felt no pain at all. I practised the hypnosis every single day for the full pregnancy. I never even got to break out the oils or anything else, and I was actually a little disappointed at the lack of labour, because I remembered how it felt with my daughter, and I wanted to experience that again. 

Thankyou for writing your book.

Phillipa Watson xx

I was pregnant with my first baby when I first spoke to Gaby over the phone about her doula service. She had been highly recommended to me by a mutual friend. I ordered her book and a few pages into it I knew I wanted her present for the birth of our baby daughter. My experience with her was phenomenal, it was like she would speak to me with her eyes and she always knew the right thing to say in the right moment. Gaby is so intuitive, knowledgeable, insightful, calming, empowering, supportive, everything a doula is and more. Her presence alone makes you believe in yourself, your baby and the miracle that is birth.

Thank you – so much Gaby

– from Hayley xx

‘You have been such an inspiration on my journey along with my angelic midwifes. Thank you for being a part of this significant time in my life’.  

I gave your book and advice to my sister who had a baby last week. She also found your work more informative than any other birthing class her hospital or midwives offered. Melissa had a beautiful waterbirth experience. Her son Willow was born out of her with a smile on his face. Amazing—I am so proud of her.

Lotus Birth Mum Kylie

Your books are beautiful! Kapow… Pages are packed with power. I’m really grateful to find such a wonderful resource for natural birth in a world that predominately opposes it. I am pregnant for the first time (4 months almost) and am discovering an undeniable evasion of human rights in the birth culture I never fully understood existed prior. Goodness it is amazing how little support there is for women to learn how to do what’s natural. How backward. Thank you for your books. They will be treasured forever. I’ll recommend them to everyone! And strangely enough, 3 of our friends are pregnant within the same few weeks, lol. Love and gratitude! Leah Jade xx www.sacredspaceastrology.com

 We don’t really know how to say a big enough thank you that means everything we feel for what you have done for us as well as your generosity. Having you at the birth of Neo was brilliant for us. You kept us grounded and focussed and I cannot imagine ever having done it without you.

Thank you! With loads of love Jason & Joanne

A big thank you for all your support, advice & positive spirit during my pregnancy. Your work is commendable and your dedication is excellent. Your help allowed me to have the most wonderful home birth which helped me heal many wounds. Good luck with your amazing book Gaby.

Lots of Love K xx

From 16 weeks into my pregnancy, I attended Gaby’s Pregnancy Aquarobics classes and found them most enjoyable. Not only did I feel great after the exercise and relaxation, but the knowledge and positive vibes that Gaby passed on to us women was invaluable. Fantastic to be amongst heaps of pregnant women also!Around 26 weeks, I went along to Gaby’s “4 week journey In” classes which had a strong focus on hypnosis in birthing. Gaby went through stages of labour and how to avoid medical intervention in labour.
This was great and definitely helped me to not fear labouring at home as much as I could. The breathing and hypnosis made the contractions bearable as I surrendered to them and went to that primal place that women go when birthing. I felt empowered and completely trusted my body to function as it is designed.My partner Andrew was quite reluctant to attend Gaby’s “Supporting a woman in Labour” workshop, but because I raved on about how positive Gaby’s other workshops and exercise classes made me feel, he agreed. This was the best investment we made. Andrew came out feeling really positive & we shared our feelings about how I would like to birth. Throughout my labour and birth he was amazingly calming and supporting. He knew what to say and do and most importantly, he knew what my body and mind were going through.I really do believe that if I didn’t meet Gaby, I wouldn’t have been so confident to birth naturally in a drug free way. With so much negativity and fear surrounding birth these days, it is fantastic that Gaby is restoring women’s faith in themselves to birth naturally without fear.

Sandee Lippiatt, 2007

Hi Gabrielle, I’ve used your resources for the birth of both my children, and both times I have had a wonderful birth experience. Your first A labour of love book makes perfect sense, I have a background in physical education and your methodology appealed to me greatly. I love how you explain contractions as being expansions…duh…the fear of birth is removed in one word!  For the birth of my second daughter I used your relaxation and hypnosis sessions that I downloaded as Mp3’s. It was fabulous to get carried away with your words deep into a space where it was myself and my baby. Too many people undervalue the birthing process as well as motherhood, your resources made the whole experience for me amazing. I would definitely go there again as I know how capable we are as women and mothers…plus being fully in tune with your body is the most incredible experience anyone can share …once again thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’m posting your book to my girlfriend who is due in 8 weeks….take care.

Debbie Murphy

Thank you again for our ‘labour of love’- we couldn’t have had such an amazing experience without you.

Fiona, Macky & Ella Ann

Thank you for all your friendship and support during my pregnancy, birth and beyond. What an awesome result- a beautiful labour of love and safe arrival of our beautiful baby boy. Let the journey continue – Love Dawn & Johnxx

I would like to thank you from the depth of my heart for your fantastic work and incredible encouragement you provide to pregnant women. I received your CDs from a friend 2 weeks before I was due. I listened to them every day and it was during those hours that I became so strong and confident that I would be able to have exactly the labour that I had hoped and wished for. And that’s what happened. The labour and birth took only 4 hours in total until my wonderful little boy was born in water at FBC. No tears or stitches. It was perfect. An amazing, unique experience. It wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Your work is very inspiring. I would love to meet you in person, maybe for a coffee? That would be fabulous. Thank you again, I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards, Anke

Initially I was reluctant to have an ‘outsider’ at our birth. In hindsight however, I am incredibly grateful to have had Gaby’s intuition, skills, sensitivity and support she brought to every aspect of the birth. It took an enormous amount of pressure off me and allowed me to enjoy the whole experience in a way I don’t think would have been possible had we not had a doula.

Matt

Where do I start in thanking you for making Edie’s breech birth such a positive experience? You were such an amazing support for all of us. She continues to be a happy and calm little bub and is growing so fast!

Hannah, Tim, Edie & Granny Jo

No words can thank you enough for the support and wisdom before, during and after the birth of our gorgeous boy! We could not have done it without you!

Lots of love from Carmen, Paul & Jarrah xxxx

Dear Gaby, I have so much to thank you for during our stay in Australia. Not only were you inspirational in guiding and supporting us during our pregnancy and labour as our doula/birth consultant, you introduced me to an amazing group of friends along our way. Our ‘four week journey’ turned into a journey into ‘Motherhood and beyond’ as great friends facing our challenges together as parents.

Thank you so much you are a beautiful person, who we have been blessed to have met and we will miss you very much.

Emma, Carl, Fred and Sasha xx

Dear Gaby, I just borrowed your book again from the local library, I read it before I had my second miscarriage and it inspired me and helped me to work through my fears of childbirth after hearing so many “horror stories”. Unfortunately I still went too early to hospital, blindly trusted my Obstetrician even though he assured me he was fully supportive of my wish of a natural birth using TENS and calm birth techniques I know now that he always had his “own agenda”. Although the Obstetrician and midwives knew that I already suffered from severe needle/hospital phobia which brought on anxiety and panic attacks due to childhood trauma they turned up the oxytocin IV when I was almost fully dilated (I was told it was my fault because I did not grunt or make noises, the midwife could not possibly know that I was in transition)I was then given pethidine IV after requesting it and because the heart rate of our daughter dropped the inexperienced young midwife who gave me no emotional support whatsoever pressed the emergency button and I ended up having a forceps delivery with pudendal block that was done without my or my husband’s consent and still causes me to suffer from nightmares 10 months later. Throughout my labour I was “shackled up” a hospital bed unable to move. I wish now I had asked a doula to be a support at the maternity ward. They really use your vulnerable state and the make you afraid for your babies life if you do not comply to their policies and procedures. I feel I was treated like a “piece of meat” not like a human being at that hospital. I’m pregnant again and have found a wonderful midwife who will support me in our planned home birth. Your book inspired me to have a water birth, I know it will help me to feel more empowered again and give me the confidence to succeed this time to have a positive and calm birth experience with the help of water and your hypnosis for birth therapy. Thank you for writing this uplifting and very informative book.

Kind regards, Tanja Kahl

Dear Gaby,

Where do I start………. Thank you for keeping me focused on all the amazing positives of being pregnant and going through labour. Through attending your Labour of Love workshops, listening to your Hypnosis scripts, reading your books, receiving pregnancy massages regularly and most importantly having you as our doula, we were able to have the best labour journey possible and beautiful natural birth. Thank you, thank you.

Love always, Renae, Scott and Myles 2013

Thank you for helping to weather and ride the waves of intensity during my labour. Your presence during this special time in our lives was truly appreciated. Your belief in me helped me to realise my full potential of what could be and what I could achieve. I will be forever grateful. Keep up the amazing work!

Ellen, Chris, Millie and Jessica xxx

Hypnosis Testimonial and Birth Story

Jody Blake’s Birth Stories

My name is Jody Blake and I have two little boys- Kyle 3 and a half and Logan 4 months. I had both my boys at the Family Birthing centre at King Edward Memorial hospital. I choose there because I didn’t want any intervention at all unless absolutely necessary.

My births were completely different, so different I could never have imagined then to be this way.

My pregnancy with Kyle was uneventful; I only had a small amount of nausea which disappeared within 12 weeks. I walked approximately 10 kilometres every day and worked until I was 38 weeks pregnant. It was a wonderful time and pregnancy.

The labour itself was fast and furious and all over and done with in five and half hours which sounds so great. Unbeknown to me I was five and a half centimetres dilated without even having one single contraction and then there I was suddenly holding my son. I hardly remembered anything about the birth except the pain and the fear I was feeling. I could not believe I had survived it and thought that I definitely could not go through that experience ever again. I guess you could say I was traumatised due to the speed in which my body laboured and expelled my baby out into this world!

“I know lots of women who would love this type of experience, but it does come at a cost sometimes”

This was a huge dilemma for me as I had always wanted at least two children. In my head I felt very fearful and trapped and agonized over whether I should try to have another child or not. I knew in my heart that if I fell pregnant again that I wanted to have a completely natural experience with no medical interventions or drugs, but at the same time I was frightened about doing the whole natural labour process again.

Finally, I came to terms with the fact that I was going to have another baby and fell pregnant and realised I had to find someone that could help me through this dilemma and fear I had brewing within me. This is when Gaby came into my life. I had read her book and felt very strongly that she was the one person who was going to be able to help me achieve getting through this labour and birth naturally, in a positive and calm way, this time around.

Lucky for me Gaby lived in the same state as me and not too far away so I knew there would be this opportunity to work with her. When I felt the time was right I rang Gaby and we organised a 3 hour one-on-one hypnosis session. At last I felt like I was moving in the right direction so that I could gain some perspective on my past event and move forward in a positive way. Well I can tell you, I cannot believe the results!

When I finally came to sit on Gaby’s couch she asked me to describe my first experience. I told her that previously when I had talked about it I had had panic attacks and felt very uncomfortable. I truly was in a bad way, however Gaby reassured me that by talking about it I was debriefing myself and looking at this experience as a past event that is over and done with. My biggest problem was every time I went back to that experience in my head I became terrified about my imminent experience just around the corner.

By the end of the three hours I walked out of the session with a completely different outlook on my first experience and felt so excited about my impending labour. Who would believe that!

During this second pregnancy I had nausea and vomiting constantly for twenty five weeks, which was just so debilitating as it would go on for 24 hours each and every day and night. However, the hypnosis completely alleviated this as well, and whenever I felt unwell I would do my deep breathing techniques and listen to Gaby’s hypnosis CD and I would feel so much better and re-energised. I really don’t know how I would have coped if I had not learnt these skills.

Finally, after going over my estimated due date by thirteen days, my waters broke at 9pm on a Thursday night. I don’t think I have ever been so grateful for event beginning. People were starting to whisper in my ear about inducing me and I was trying to stay positive and not buy into this panic and pressure. The cut off day for my birthing at the birth centre was 14 days over so I knew I was cutting it very fine with my pregnancy gestation.

My labour was a lot longer than the first, which was exactly what I wanted, however the contractions would start and stop, go to 2 to 3 minutes apart then disappear. I was not perturbed by this, as I just listened to Gaby’s CD and felt calm and relaxed. I also used the TENS machine which helped me immensely to stay relaxed and positive. I felt so empowered and strong and in control (to a degree!) of what was going on this time around. I know Gaby says being in control is the wrong way to go about labour and that it is about surrender and staying out of your head and just allowing the process to take its course. I definitely was doing this during labour thanks to learning relaxation skills, how to breathe through the contractions and how to ‘let go’ through using hypnosis from Gaby.

As I look back and write this story I can honestly say that this was the most beautiful, amazing birth experience. I ended up water birthing with no interventions or drugs in a calm and relaxed way.

If I never have any more children now it would be perfectly OK as I feel I have reached the pinnacle of what natural birth is all about. I birthed with no fear but instead feeling strong, confident and excited.

Preparation is everything and I highly recommend that all pregnant women listen and use Gaby’s techniques and hypnosis CD’s before giving birth, it will change the way you think and feel about labour.

Jody Blake 2008

Kristy Brooks – Attendee of A Labour of Love – Childbirth Educational Workshop for couples, and Four Week Journey In for women.

Dear Gaby, words will never describe what we feel and the thanks we want to share with you, All we can say is “you’re amazing” and we were honoured that you were such a large part of our lives during this amazing time. We will never forget you.

All our love, Alison, Scott, Kaj and Seisia 2006

Dear Gaby, Thank you so very much for the care love and dedication you gave to Teigan and Braxton during this precious time in our lives. We cannot thank you enough for what you did.

Teigan, Will & ‘Brax’ xoxox

Hi Gaby, my name is Alannah and I attended a private hypnotherapy session with you in late Feb of 2010 and wanted to tell you how my birth went using your hypnotherapy session. My labour was such a positive and healthy experience as I laboured for 4 hours at home from 7 am (just like I’d hoped!) with Brett and then I went to Kaleeya, where after the internal exam they said I was 5 cm dilated (half way there- yes! :) I requested the bath straight away just as you said I should do when 5cms plus and laboured in there for another 3 hours. Throughout my session with you, you suggested I should have a water birth, which at the time I hadn’t really considered. Funny enough once I was in that bath I didn’t want to get out, the midwives asked me to and I refused! So they went and found a qualified waterbirth midwife who helped me birth my beautiful baby boy Boden. I had a few superficial stitches and that was it. I used your techniques throughout my labour and I believe they were the key to my success. I am so proud and overjoyed to talk about my labour with friends and always tell people how helpful the use of your hypnotherapy was for me. In my mother’s group and even within my group of friends I am the only one who had an all-natural birth let alone water birth! I thank you for that. Being a mother is so much more than I thought it would be and I’m loving every day. In fact I can’t wait to have a second baby- which I hope again will be the most empowering and positive experience again…regards Alannah

Testimonial for Couples Workshop

Mark and I had pretty high expectations of the one day course as a result of getting to know Gaby at the prenatal aqua aerobics classes. During the aqua aerobics classes, which I was recommended by one of the midwives at Kaleeya, I realised that Gaby is a person with a lot of knowledge and experience that she is very willing to share with all the women in the class. I began to experience the desire to understand more about labour and birth which I had not thought a lot about until then. I had been more focused on life post-natally and had come to a point of feeling that I knew as much as most women would know about labour and birth and that knowing too much more might scare me.

The couples workshop taught Mark and I what to expect when I go into labour, how each stage of labour progresses and the mechanics of the labour process, including understanding why and how contractions happen, how the pelvis and cervix will stretch and open when women are in active labour positions and how encouraging your baby into optimal foetal position during pregnancy can make a huge difference to the “intensity” of labour and birth. As well, Gaby helped us to understand that we can create an experience that for both of us is joyful, empowering, exciting and as we would like it to be. It has helped us to plan what needs planning in advance and to understand that surrendering and letting go are the most important things for me on the day. Gaby places the process and result of labour and birth back into the hands of the mother and her partner rather than with the medical staff within a hospital or birthing centre. For women and their partners who want to experience birth naturally, actively and as something with the power to transform, Gaby’s courses provide the way forward for this.

Thank you Gaby, Mark and Meredith

Testimonials for Aqua classes

I have enjoyed every moment of your pregnancy specific Aqua-fitness classes. They are fun, enjoyable and educational all in one!

Jody 2013

Hi Gabrielle, I am writing to say to you thank you for all the time and energy you put into your fantastic pregnancy aqua classes. This is my third time (pregnancy) coming to your classes and I always feel so positive, relaxed and worked-out afterwards. I know you have been running these classes a very long time but your energy and enthusiasm to help women be more positive in pregnancy and birth just never stops.

Diane 2013

Hi Gaby, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your water-aerobics classes. These classes are not your regular aqua class at all. I learnt so much from you, about all sorts of topics to do with pregnancy and birth. Your classes are the reason I experienced such a fantastic labour – so I can’t thank you enough for that. You really to have an amazing gift to empower women and help them to believe in their ability to give birth.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you – Kylie 2012

Testimonials for books, cds and doula services

Just wanted to let you know how fantastic I found your book and cd’s. I didn’t use either with my 1st pregnancy and found it so helpful with my 2nd. I had a 20 hours labour and a long 3hrs of pushing with my 1st but still managed to have a beautiful birth at home. With my 2nd I played your cd continuously for the 1st 3 hours and laboured on my own and then had my baby within another 2 hours with only 14 minutes of pushing. It felt truly amazing to get through it all so quickly and easily this time. Thanks for your wonderful books and cd’s. I have recommended you to everyone who I know having babies!

Bianca Hart

Hi Gabrielle, just want to say you got me through my birth!! Thankyou. I had a terrible first birth 12 years ago and this time round (a few months ago now) I had a wonderful experience! It took me 10 years to work up to the idea again but your hypnosis cd’s and book were FANTASTIC. I’ve just purchased the book for my sister- it’ll be under the Christmas tree!

Thank you, Laura McDaid

I just wanted to let you know that Emily Jayne Alderson arrived finally on the 12/12/2008 after an induction. I was scared of being induced but much to my delight I had an awesome team of 2 midwives who helped me move around positions freely and into the tub (at 8 cms!).  Movement was limited with the IV and fetal monitoring but with fantastic help and coaching though contractions (it really is 0-100 in 5 mins with inductions as I went straight into 1 min contractions every 2 mins immediately) I still had a wonderful natural birth and only a 4 1/2 hour labour with no drugs, just a little tear and grazing. She was born 8.4 pounds.  In the end I was thankful that I had the IV from the beginning induced as I had a substantial bleed after and needed the IV for a few hours, so it all worked out well. Thanks Gaby for your course, it really helped me to focus and stay calm and surrender to the contractions. I was very calm and quiet and went off into another world! Having music playing in the background to tune into and the breathing really helped get me though. Thanks again for giving me the tools to have a successful and wonderful birth experience!

Michelle Stokes

To the best ‘Hoola Doula’ in the West.

Your assistance and love throughout my fantastic birth was greatly appreciated!

We could not have had the wonderful experience we did with the knowledge and humble guidance from you. Thank you so much.

Robbie and Luke April 2005

Upon arriving at my destination, I am struck by the importance of the wonderful and incredible journey I have taken in getting there. Thank you Gaby for helping me along my way.

Chris, Amber, Grace and Keeley 2004

I brought this card for you ages ago, because it made me think of you when I saw it.

It’s not what you do, it’s how much you love you put into the doing.

Mother Teresa

It continuously amazes me, how much energy you put into your job – giving equally to every person who attends your classes. I am very glad that I found you, because I would have had a very different birth experience if I hadn’t. Not to mention all that I learned from you and all the friends I have made.

Thank you for all that you do, and all the support that you gave me over the weeks (including offering to be my doula at short notice).

I hope that we can give back to you some of what you have given us.

Alice and Charlie 2003

Thank you so much for making my pregnancy and birthing experience such an amazing experience. Your support, care, knowledge, friendship and humour helped me emulate the birth I wanted, and even though there was a change in plans, I still could not have done it without you! You are an inspiration and an angel.

Natalie and Aurora 2004

Thanks for your support and ‘coaching’ leading up to both of my labours. Your advice was just what I needed. Thank you so much.

Lisa, Richard, Ava and Austin 2005

I just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and support. It truly helped me achieve my wonderful birth experience for which I am forever grateful.

Yvonne and Oliver 2005

Thank you so much for your support and care during my pregnancy. I’m so glad that I met you – I only wish it was earlier!

Pepper and Gus 2005

Thank you so much for all your support and wisdom during my pregnancy. I am so glad I decided to attend your aqua class at the pool. I am so grateful for your open and honest insights into birthing – you are a wonderful teacher and I hung onto every word!

Gabrielle to Gabrielle 2004

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your book, so much so that I read it in under two days and am now rereading the parts that are really relevant to my birth plan.

I also wanted to thank you for educating me on natural childbirth both through your book and through your aqua aerobic classes.  If I had not met you I would have missed out on knowing so much more about natural childbirth and I now feel really equipped and confidence to make sure my husband and I have the birth we want.  I loved the ‘talk’ in your classes and hearing of the experiences of others, I always left feeling so wonderful about myself. I wish there was a way that all women could be educated like I have been and I certainly plan to take this on in any way I can, in particular sharing your book. And finally thanks for the massage on Monday – what a way to start the week! With only 10 days to go till EDD, I feel great and just can’t wait for the big day.

Gaby – you are a wonderful, special lady and I feel like I know you a lot more after reading your book.

Take care and again thanks for opening my eyes and giving me confidence…

Regards

Anita Tichelaar

From the moment you came into our room (the bathroom) I felt calm supported and confident. You were such a positive influence and essential role in the birth of our beautiful baby Olivier. We want to thank you from the deepest parts of our hearts. Your whispers of positive-ness will forever be in my ears.

Jenifer and Fabrice 2005

A BIG ’thank you’ for all your support and guidance at this amazing time in our lives!

Your ‘direction’ helped me believe in myself and my ability to achieve the beautiful birth I had dreamed of and hoped for. Your confidence in Mitch and I, as future parents helped us with this huge transition! Your passion in this work will undoubtedly take you wherever you endeavor to go.

Huband- Thank you so much for making the birth of Lewis so smooth, loving and unforgettable!! You’re a legend for keeping up the energy and empathy. Thank you.

Kristen and Mitch – Karratha WA 2005

Hi Gabrielle,

I just want to say thank you, for giving me the confidence to birth my first child naturally. I read your book A Labour of Love and listened to your Hypnosis for Birth prior to my due date. I can now proudly say I had a wonderful 14 hour labour. I have only positive memories of this time. I do find it very sad that I have not personally heard of a natural positive birth story yet (I have only read about them).  People are very surprised when I tell them my labour was great after they ask me my story feel people want you to tell them that it was terrible. I hope that telling my story to pregnant woman I know, will give them the confidence to labour naturally.

Thanks again,

Laura Fraser

Throughout my pregnancy, I participated in Gaby’s various workshops including the Active Birth workshop called A journey in childbirth education and actively supporting a woman in labour. I also attended the ‘4 week journey’ – a glorious, reflective workshop of personal growth, just for women! For me, these workshops were exactly what I needed – and had been searching for. Gaby filled my head with confidence. She went through scenarios with us, gently guiding us through our options and choices for birthing. We learnt active birthing positions, how to surrender and breathe through contractions, as well as hands on massage techniques and relaxation skills. Gaby helped us focus on what we wanted to achieve and best of all; she helped us to see that as intelligent, independent birthing women, we do have a say in what choices we decide to make. After completing these workshops, I knew exactly how I wanted to birth, and felt that I had the knowledge and strength to do so. In fact I was just so excited about my impending birth!

You just aren’t ready to give birth until you have been to Gaby’s workshops!

Do you want to know how you can feel confident and excited about giving birth? Attend Gaby’s workshops.

Kristy 2008

It’s Janelle from your Thursday night aqua class. I called last night to tell you I had my baby and to say thanks for your help with my pregnancy experience and labour.

I’ve already got a toddler and had an epidural and a reaction to the antibiotics during my labour with him…well this time was the opposite experience that I was hoping for. My labour was quicker, I had absolutely NO DRUGS and I feel so proud of myself. I also managed to labour with severe gastro and no sleep, while listening to your relaxation CD on my MP3.If it wasn’t for your breathing lessons (in for 4 out for 6), affirmations, relaxation CD, positive classes and your book, then I really think things would have been different.

Thank you so much xoxoxoxo

PS I had a healthy boy called Aiden on 12th May.

Janelle Rudolph

Hi Gaby,
It’s Cassie from the Doula workshop you ran in Mandurah a couple of years back. I just wanted to let you know that after an incredibly long emotional and physical journey I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Lucas on February 28th, in water, at home!!! I got my VBAC (well HBAC!!).

I wanted to say that participating in the workshop (and reading your book) were instrumental in me believing and trusting in myself and my body, and getting the birth I wanted. And I just wanted to say THANKS!!!!

Letter from a wonderful partner and father

Dear Gabrielle, sorry it has taken so long to write to you but being a Dad AGAIN has been all consuming.

I have had kids before and thought the whole thing was just great. I was so excited to be having a child with Shannon. I had been to classes before for most of my other kids and believed I knew what I needed to know. When Shannon asked me to come to a whole day session with you, I agreed as a support to her. We had just been to the hospital for a series of sessions with them and I found it so impersonal and patronizing. However, Shannon assured me it would be good to go to a day session with you.

I have to say the day blew me away. Your ability to make the connection to both the head and heart in preparation for childbirth was amazing. I have talked about you and the session so often and sincerely thank you for giving me a new insight into the wonderful journey.

Whilst my other children were all born with little or no intervention, there was no way I was ever so prepared. You made it a real personal journey for both of us and I really thank you for that. Your support and care for Shannon was beyond what I could ever have imagined – even to drop by with some homoeopathic drops while she laboured away for the day.

We will never know how things would have gone without your guidance but I get a sense the unknown and fear may well have taken over and made our experience completely different.  With your guidance, we were able to have the very best of birthing experiences and to be honest, we both enjoyed the ride.

Thanks so much Gaby and I say that from the depths of my heart. We are blessed with a beautiful peaceful and perfect little girl and I am sure her gentle and relaxed nature is related to the confidence you helped Shannon develop both during her pregnancy and birth experience. Ironically, it was Shannon’s Grandma that initially told her she must get hold of information in a book called Childbirth without Fear. To then meet you was just amazing.

THANK YOU

Alan

Baby born 2008

This document at the request of Gaby Target, is a willing testament to her occupation as a Doula.

In July 2000, Gaby Target offered to act as an agent of support to me during the birth of my baby daughter. At that time, I was a pre-natal aqua-aerobic student of Gaby’s, and I was delighted by the thought that someone cared enough about my state of being to offer me so much support. Gaby’s intelligent joy for life’s energy, and of giving it, impressed me, and it was also a pleasant surprise to me. I remark upon this because I think that this act of giving one’s time and energy, underpins much of what lies dormant, in our institutions, hence within society. For instance, institutions prioritise hierarchical relationships, rather than fostering a culture of reciprocity. Thus, a competitive environment such as we see in hospital hierarchies, necessitates a dualism between ‘birthing’, and patriarchal power structures. What concerns me is that birthing, is seen as a passive experience by the hospital hierarchy, rather than an active one. I feel that the notion of ‘power’ in relation to femininity, indeed birth, should be redefined; the role of a Doula is an operative avenue for women to express their idea of power, as active leadership in nurturing. Power for birthing women is not one of hierarchy, ie, one individual dominating another. Power for birthing women is expressed as active nurturement. To nurture then, is to empower. Nurturing the nurturer fosters a currency of reciprocity that bonds people emotionally, intellectually, and culturally.

During the birthing phase, a Doula practices listening, empathy, making decisions through a process of consultation under pressure, working toward an outcome, and relating on an intense level for many hours, often after hours. Gabby does not fear the act of giving, and she also gives without obligation. To better understand the world and ways of relating to m/others is a powerful gift to humanity. Listening is one of the most powerful currencies that works like a catalyst with respect to healing as capital. It is also a powerful agent with which, inhumanity may be somewhat arrested and human empathy, regenerated. A path to socio-cultural tolerance is made manifest when different experiences are voiced, acknowledged and celebrated. The birth of a child, is the very biological and cultural celebration of life’s diversity. It signals, and it also is, a universal bond between all peoples.

I believe also that the gift of the Doula is economic. The tradition of diplomacy between cultures has ridden upon the receipt of gifts between leaders. It is the basis upon which friendship, hence allegiance is made into capital. I think that Gabby generates a cultural network in her role as Doula, for herself, yet also for the mothers and babies that she cares. I believe that this leads to the development of a ‘bank of emotional intelligence’, albeit, a currency of language that acknowledges the presence of women as leaders in our community. By acknowledging m/others in the world, our eyes are opened to the true complexity of human feeling, and experience. A willingness to listen to what one feels, is the potential space of change. When one has the courage to risk understanding m/others, one, in effect develops the emotional literacy to see and understand one’s self, in relation to the world, and in relation to power structures. Knowledge is power, and the key to change.

There is no doubt in my mind, that some medical institutions disempower women in labour. The most disturbing memory that I have of my hospital births, is one of metaphorically and physically losing my intelligence. For instance, at the birth of my second child in 2000, my waters ruptured and I was ‘hooked up’ with fluids. A rather dismissive doctor offered little explanation,, ‘who would not have come to the hospital if it weren’t necessary…..’ On a subliminal level, the technological confinement also signified the prowess of artificial, hence institutional intelligence over that of the birthing woman. Immediately, my critical faculty was rebuked by the agent of the authority; the doctor. The doctor’s way of reassuring me that everything was in order was to signal that he/she was in absolute authority ‘not to be questioned under any circumstance’. As the machines around me calculated and ‘normalised’ my bodily functions at birth, my own intelligence went unheard, ignored, mistrusted, and finally betrayed and literally numbed. I say betrayed because, even my squatting, which relieved my pain successfully for three hours, became a nuisance to the institutional ‘carers’. The hospital ‘carers’ needed to ‘examine’ me, and ‘monitor my progress’ in the ‘right position’. If the carers were forced into the wrong position, “their bad back condition could flare up.” Clearly a workers compensation issue for the carer, but what about “me” whilst in the throws of giving life? This terminology, is a clear demonstration of the disempowering, yet ‘normalising’ facility of institutional language, upon the birthing woman. The confinement of a woman in this ‘position’ is more consistent with French aristocratic perversions of birthing, in the eighteenth century. (aristocratic men used to hold cocktail parties with friends to watch their mistresses give birth; the women were encouraged by the overlord’s doctor, to lie on their backs to better accommodate the viewing process, for the party of onlookers). The social relationship between French aristocratic men and their mistresses, needless to say, was one based on an uneven distribution of power.

The hierarchy of doctor/patient prevails in birthing institutions, and there is no real justification for this. Birthing women are not victims of ill health, and this must be acknowledged. It is still all too easy for institutions to disorient the birthing woman, with hierarchical language, management, and clinical settings. Confinement upon the ‘hospital bed’, and the responsibility that is imposed (upon a woman in labour), to be mindful of the ‘monitoring equipment’, rather than be given the support and care, and to focus upon her own condition, further undermines a woman’s intelligence. At the very least, there needs to be a reassessment and balancing of the terms and conditions for birthing in institutions, between institutional workers, and those that give birth, women.

The pain that I experienced once I was tipped up onto my back was unbearable and eventually I had to plead for a pethidine injection. It is questionable in my mind that a birthing institution of the twenty-first century, (however well meaning) still adheres to such methods of birthing. The notion of caring, and the medical institution’s uncanny power to shift meaning, from one of consideration, and nurturement, and co-opt it in to one of public observation and correction, urgently needs to be addressed. Intelligent people no longer accept that institutions operate ‘in the best interests’, or ‘for their own good’. Intelligent people wish both to participate, and be included in the birth of their children. In other words, they want to experience the true meaning of these terms of reference, rather than hear the words and experience the opposite. It is cruel to dislocate women from the birthing experience. And it is the language of the institution that has legitimised the disconnection of women in preference to the medical gaze. The medical gaze as it was termed by Michel Foucault, in his publication The Birth of the Clinic, has lost its charm for me, as a tool for understanding humanity. Human good-will may be exploited by an intrusive medical system that esteems priority to the ‘perfect toast every time’, tones of corporate advertising, where mass production, and mass consumption is the focus of all our lives, over human life.

Gaby has a lust for life that is rare and is often exploited, particularly in women. I feel that the institutional infatuation with technological control could be reassessed in terms of birthing. Would it be more appropriate that the application of medical knowledge, in relation to birthing, begin to evolve a language of reciprocity? One that perhaps acknowledges women more as ambassadors, that be hosted by the institution for mutual benefit, rather than, as social theorist and nurse, Bosanquet infers, ‘hospital detainees’?[1] Given the status of women in relation to traditional power hierarchies, the relationship between medical institutions and birthing women, needs to reflect a more respectful and dignified one.  Hence, is an equal distribution of power, between the institution and women giving birth, a moral question?

Gaby availed herself to my needs at birth, even when she had three young children, one, a baby, to care for. She was genuinely caring, supportive, and sensitive to my needs at birth. Above all Gaby is intelligent, perceptive, conscientious, and nurturing, thus, a truly caring Doula, with impeccable integrity. I believe that Gaby Target has the power of understanding to change the way women birth in our community. She is a knowledgeable woman, and this makes her a valuable resource in our community; both as a cultural ambassador in the long term, and at each babies’ birth. She successfully engages with a woman in labour, to birth as an equal, therefore as an intelligent human woman, and ultimately as a friend.

While I perceive the need for improvements in hospitals with regard to birthing, I hasten to add that the care givers at my birth, and in the maternity ward, always acted professionally. My question is how do we define ‘professionalism’, in the birthing clinic, in the twenty first century?

By one of Gaby’s friends, that is pleased to know her, and wishes her, the very best that she deserves.

 

[1] Bosanquet, A. ‘Stones can make people docile…Midirs, Midwifery Digest, (September) 2002, Vol 12:3, p30 Bosanquet refers to Foucault’s analysis of the normalising process in prisons etc.