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Book details
  • SubGenre:Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Language:English
  • Pages:307
  • eBook ISBN:9781483544434

A Labour Of Love: A Guide To Natural Childbirth Without Fear

by Gabrielle Targett

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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 excellance, 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 — this book is a must-read.
This book presents information in an empowering, confident, open and honest way. It is written from the eclectic experiences of Gabrielle Targett who has worked as a doula and independent childbirth educator for over ten years. As 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, backed up by factual information and quotes from other authors who write about childbirth education; the likes of Ina May Gaskin, Spiritual Midwifery and Dr Grantly Dick-Read, Childbirth Without Fear. A Labour of Love is a non-medical approach to childbirth that emphasises empowering and asserting confidence in women and their partners. Each and every chapter has something to offer, to assist in acknowledging just what is necessary when preparing for a natural birth. It also assists de-mystifies and questions the fear surrounding birth today. This book covers so many issues that are often overlooked as being of importance when preparing for a natural birth. Considering the main points addressed in this book are actually ‘The Fundamental Ideas’ and ‘Information’ based on factual information which all women/couples should be aware of prior to giving birth and experiencing a natural labour and birth.
About the author
Gabrielle Targett has a degree in Physical Education and has been a qualified Fitness Leader for the last fourteen years, specialising in aqua-fitness instruction in the ante-natal and post-natal area. As well as teaching, she has presented many workshops and courses in aqua-fitness instruction and has been an assessor/examiner in the fitness industry for the past eight years. Her outstanding ability to speak publicly with honesty, humour and passion came from her many years of lecturing at TAFE. Her greatest achievement came when she gave birth to three beautiful water babies in 1995, 1997 and 1999. After the birth of her son in 1997, she was first asked to attend a birth as a support person. It was at this time she fell in love with the idea of supporting a woman during birth. It wasn’t until ten births and three years later that she realised the importance of the work she was doing as a doula (birth support person) and the impact it had on women and their birthing outcomes. It was at that point that she decided to document the births and write a book from her experiences. In addition, Gaby decided to train as a childbirth educator. Gaby found that during her aqua natal deep-water running classes the exercise became secondary to the childbirth education she was providing during the one-hour session. So great was the need for education that Gaby decided to offer independent childbirth education classes privately on a weekly basis. Following on from the need to educate others has been the need and desire to train other doulas to attend births, and in 2003 she ran the first doula training course in Western Australia. In 2003, Gaby also designed and created a Doulas Down Under website to educate women and their partners about doulas. In 2004, Gabrielle attended the first Australian Doula conference in Sydney, followed by the 23rd Australian Homebirth conference where she co-presented a waterbirth section alongside her own midwife. In 2005, Gaby launched her business, A Labour of Love, and released a pregnancy/labour range of products which can be purchased at Soon to be released is a series of visualisations specifically for childbirth preparation, childbirth educational workbook and A Labour of Love Part II: Creating The Birth You Want And Desire.
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