How does surrogacy work

Family Therapist Kim Bergman, PhD, explains how the surrogacy works and shares advice on how to make the process as easy as possible
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How does surrogacy work

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Surrogacy is a process where a whole bunch of people collaborate to help people become parents. So there’s a surrogate who carries the child. There’s sometimes an egg donor or a sperm donor. And then there’s a whole bunch of allied professionals – lawyer, doctor, psychologist. So it’s really a collaborative effort of people, all intentionally coming together to create a family. It’s very different from adoption, there’s no loss, there is no giving up. It’s not where the surrogate is giving up her child, it’s where the surrogate is actually carrying your child and she is completely on board and excited to be giving you the gift of carrying your child for you.
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Family Therapist Kim Bergman, PhD, explains how the surrogacy works and shares advice on how to make the process as easy as possible

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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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