Along for the Ride: Back to LA


I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the Families Through Surrogacy US Conference!

Scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, this one day seminar covers pretty much the entire gamut of surrogacy- from legalities and finding an egg donor, to developing a relationship with your surrogate and bringing baby home. With ticket prices starting at just $20, it’s a great (and affordable) way to look into surrogacy.

This will be my third appearance with FTS conferences. I’ve previously spoken in Sydney, Australia and San Francisco, CA.

I LOVE participating in these conferences. Officially, I’m in town to speak on a panel, moderated by All Things Surrogacy founder Janae Krell, to speak about my experiences as a surrogate.

I’ll talk about why I chose my amazing agency, Growing Generations, and how I approach the matching process. I’ll talk about growing a relationship with my intended parents, and why I don’t want to keep the child I carry.

My favorite part of the conference though, comes before and after my panel. In those times I hang out at the Growing Generations booth and speak with prospective Intended Parents. It’s in these intimate interpersonal conversations that I find my purpose.

The excitement in the eyes of a pair of intended fathers gives me such joy.
The battered, but never broken, look of cautious hope in the eyes of an intended mother inspires me.
The steady, confident reassurance of my friend and colleague Dr. Kim Bergman humbles me.

I’m so every excited to have been asked to be a part of this incredible opportunity. To do it on “home turf” is even more exciting. I’m hopeful that some friends, followers, and surrogacy family will come out to support the cause of surrogacy.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

For more information on GG’s participation in this event- please click here.

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Previous Along for the Ride Posts:

Meet Mandy, a 2x Gestational Surrogate

Beta Day, Take Two

First Heartbeats

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: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari 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.