ABOUT AMANDA

Hi, I am Amanda Dunsby, a qualified Integral Coach® and Fertile Body Method practitioner based in Cape Town.

After working for many years in the human resources field, I discovered my real passion, coaching, and completed the Professional Coaching Course through the Centre for Coaching (UCT Graduate School of Business) in 2011.

After I got married in my late thirties, it came as a huge shock when, far from the honeymoon baby we had hoped for, the diagnosis (after more than a year of hugely stressful investigations) was “infertility”. Fortunately my treatments at a local fertility clinic were eventually successful, resulting in my pregnancy with our fraternal twins who were born at the end of 2013. I can attest to the stress, disappointment and challenges created by infertility, and know just how hard it is. My children are living proof though that fertility treatment can and does work, and that one must never abandon hope!

I worked with a Fertile Body Method  (FBM) therapist while I prepared for and underwent fertility treatment. I found it incredibly supportive, nurturing and helpful, and the coaching helped me to set realistic goals and feel more relaxed, confident and optimistic. I also downloaded the FBM IVF Companion CD and used it regularly. I felt like I was able to ‘get my head right’ and as a believer in the mind-body connection, strongly feel I gave science a helping hand.

I feel drawn to work with those facing similar challenges, so I completed the FBM training in April 2016 to supplement my integral coaching® skills. I am delighted to now be able to offer specialised fertility coaching to people who are trying or struggling to conceive and grow their families.

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FERTILITY COACHING

Integral Coaching®  focuses on building competence integrally across the cognitive, emotional and somatic dimensions of a human being, rather than focusing purely on trying to fix the presenting problem or issue.

Rather than focusing on only one aspect, we take a holistic approach to personal development by looking at the whole person – their thoughts, emotions, relationships, physical body, spirituality and environment – so that true insights and lasting growth can develop. Coaching helps you to build your confidence and competence to face your life situation. One of the key ways coaching does this is through enabling you to notice how your ‘way of being’ may in fact enhance or hinder what you want to accomplish.

FERTILE BODY METHOD

The Fertile Body Method is a mind-body approach to fertility problems based on a holistic health model. Traditional medicine approaches fertility issues mechanistically and as a purely physical issue. Fertility coaching and the field of mind-body medicine, however, recognise the powerful effect that our mind has on our body, and vice versa.

Problems with conception and pregnancy can occur when our basic physical and emotional needs are not being met, and the mind and/or body have temporarily lost their natural state of balance.

As a fertility coach, I combine my integral coaching skills with my knowledge of the Fertile Body Method and my own experience of infertility to understand where my clients are experiencing imbalances, establish healthy goals and devise a coaching programme custom-designed for them.

Fertility coaching is not counselling or therapy. It is focused on your current reality and how you can best prepare yourself to achieve your desires and goals, rather than concentrating on what has gone wrong and why. Above all, it is a safe, confidential space in which the focus is on you, the whole person.

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HOW CAN FERTILITY COACHING HELP YOU?

The struggle to fall pregnant, fertility-related challenges and medical infertility treatment can all affect you, both physically and emotionally, in ways you never thought possible. Coaching can help you navigate the challenges of fertility issues and how you feel, think and act in response to them. It’s also a way of ensuring that you are doing what you can to potentially maximise your fertility. It equips you with tools to manage the emotional rollercoaster and any stress that you may well be experiencing.

As a fertility coach, I can help you to:

  • set clear, realistic and achievable goals
  • restore balance to your mental, emotional and physical state
  • develop your inner resources and increase feelings of wellbeing
  • address any unresolved issues that may affect your fertility
  • develop the insights necessary to see new possibilities
  • work with you to develop practices and observations to build your competence to resolve your challenges yourself
  • enhance your fertility through visualisation, guided imagery and mental rehearsal
  • prepare for pregnancy, birth or parenthood, and for specific medical treatments such as IVF.

Throughout the coaching process I shall support you with empathy and provide a safe space in which to fully explore your hopes, fears and dreams.

WORK WITH ME

I can help you cope better with any of the following issues:

  • How to achieve an optimal fertile state
  • A natural approach to fertility and getting pregnant
  • Dealing effectively with the stress of infertility
  • Preparing for fertility treatments such as AI and IVF (and surviving the ‘two week wait’!)
  • Considering using donor eggs or sperm
  • Healing from miscarriage and terminations
  • Alternative paths to parenthood such as surrogacy and adoption.
SERVICES

Please contact me to arrange a free, no obligation initial meeting or call to establish coaching ‘chemistry’. We’ll talk about your needs and I can answer any questions you may have. Together, we’ll develop a customised coaching programme to fit your timelines, needs and budget.

I work with clients individually at my home office in Newlands, Cape Town or via Skype.

SUPPORT GROUP

Group support is proven to make you feel better. If you live in Cape Town, consider joining our Fertility Support Group. We have regular meetings where you can:

  • Simply listen, or share your experience
  • Find out more about fertility
  • Feel empowered and gain perspective
  • Learn helpful skills, regain control and meet people in a similar situation.

Meetings take place on the second Thursday of every month at 11 Rouwkoop Road, Rondebosch, from 6-8pm. Contact me if you’re interested in joining the next meeting. Upcoming meeting dates to diarise: 9 March, 6 April, 11 May, 8 June, 13 July 2017.

WHAT MY CLIENTS ARE SAYING

* Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality

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