GG Family Shares Their Story

“How do you feel about kids?” I asked. “I love kids” he replied. Good answer. Deal breaker number one successfully hurdled. I don’t remember asking this question on our first date. Usually, I would be more cautious, making sure not to scare away such a handsome suitor as Todd. Off limits were politics, old familial histrionics, past romances, my obsession with Elizabeth Montgomery and most certainly my extremely strong primal urge to procreate. It could have been the fact that I was just coming out of a five and a half year relationship that left me only one feeling of regret, that the time I spent nest building had turned up empty.

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Dr. Kim Bergman

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.