Surrogate Stories: Karen

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For me, surrogacy started with such a strong desire to help others. It was deep seated in my heart and became something that I felt so passionate about doing long before I made the choice to go for it! So when it was time to go for it, getting started was as simple as a Google search. I remember clicking on the first link I saw, Growing Generations, and spending hours reading every single word and watching every single video on their website. By the time I was done I was convinced, this was something I was going to do. My family was complete, but I loved being pregnant. This just made sense.

I was matched with Intended Parents who I loved. Two men from the States, they were so kind to me. We built a caring relationship that was filled with compassion and trust. I’ll never forget the birth and the moment their children (I carried twins) were placed into their fathers’ arms. It was a beautiful moment, and I felt so honored to be a part of it. That instant remains my favorite memory of the entire experience.

My whole experience with Growing Generations was amazing, I have nothing to complain about! Their communication with me was always so prompt and professional. My financials were handled quickly and efficiently, and I loved having the online Facebook group, filled with the support of other women who knew exactly what I was going through.

I love to share my personal surrogacy story, to tell people about all of the love and beauty that came with it. I’ve learned that most people are new to the idea of surrogacy. I was regularly asked the same questions over and over again through my process. Once they can wrap their heads around it though, I found most people thought that what I was doing was amazing.

Would I do it again? Yes. In fact, I can’t wait to do it again. That quick and easy “YES” comes right from my heart. I love being pregnant and miss it when I’m not. I’m good at making babies, and this is a way I can easily help others out.

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.