Consulting with experts on assisted reproduction

Family Therapist Kim Bergman, PhD, explains the benefits of consulting with an expert on assisted reproduction before taking part in procedures
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Consulting with experts on assisted reproduction

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When you’re thinking about having a baby through assisted reproduction, there are so many steps and so many moving parts. The thing that I recommend initially is to consult with an expert, a lawyer, a psychologist, or an agency who can help you understand what all of those moving parts are. Because if there are things that you need that you won’t know you need, kind of like if you were building your house, you get a contractor, so you need lawyers, you need doctors, you need insurance, you need a travel agent, you need a surrogate or an egg donor or a sperm donor and an expert can help you start to put those pieces together. Each of those has a whole world of its own that has moving parts and all of those things are something that an expert in the field of assisted reproduction can help you get started on.

Family Therapist Kim Bergman, PhD, explains the benefits of consulting with an expert on assisted reproduction before taking part in procedures

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Kim Bergman, PhD

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Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published "Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood" (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters. 

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