Co-Owner Stuart Bell to Participate in Parenthood Panel

Bell Family

Growing Generations’ co-owner Stuart Bell will participate in a panel discussion on paths to parenthood in July.

The discussion, which weighs the pros and cons of both surrogacy and adoption, will take place Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm PST and focuses on those who have become parents through both avenues.

Bell, a father through surrogacy, will speak about his experiences.

The panel is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Employee Resource Group. The event will be held live in Los Angeles and live-cast over the Internet to viewing locations in several other FRBSF offices including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over 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 for Reproductive Medicine, 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 Emeritus 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’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.