Today, becoming a parent is achievable for anyone, regardless of sex, or whether you are single or partnered, gay or straight, sexually active or asexual. In a new book, Your Future Family, The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction, author Kim Bergman, PhD, provides a roadmap for navigating the journey of building a family through assisted reproduction. It outlines the very first steps you should take, the options available to you at each turn, and includes essential advice and tips to help set you up for success when utilizing assisted reproduction to build your family. This book brings the human element of creating a family via assisted reproduction to life, and is filled with personal anecdotes from Dr. Bergman’s own life, as well as stories from the lives of her clients. The book is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
“For those who could not otherwise conceive, carry, or give birth to a child, the chance to have a family in itself is incredible,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director of RMA of Connecticut, a leading fertility practice, and Founder of Gay Parents To Be®. “Reproductive science has given us the ability to retrieve sperm and ages and to assess, fertilize and successfully transfer an embryo. Surrogacy has changed the landscape for options for parents to be and has helped millions of people become parents. Before embarking on your own journey, this book will help you deduce whether assisted reproduction is the right path for you.”
Dr. Bergman, author of this new book, is a licensed psychologist of nearly 30 years who specializes in the areas of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction. She is a senior partner at Growing Generations, and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, serving on the Corporate Board and chairing the LGBTQ Special Interest Group, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She also sits 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 created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.
Dr. Leondires, who penned the foreword for Dr. Bergman’s latest publication, is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist. He set up his practice with one main focus in mind – to help each and every patient succeed in building the family they desire. Dr. Leondires has been recognized nationally for his work in reproductive endocrinology, including being named among the Best Doctors in America. He was recently voted a Castle Connolly “Top Doc” in 2019, marking his seventh consecutive year of receiving this distinction. He married his husband in 2010 and is now a father to two sons conceived through surrogacy and egg donation. Dr. Leondires speaks internationally to promote LGBTQ+ family building.
“I understand that there are many different pathways to parenthood. My own journey took time to develop as it was a delicate balance between my professional and personal life” says Dr. Leondires. “Going through this process with my husband of choosing an egg donor, working with two wonderful gestational carriers and having our sons has dramatically changed my life and my perspective on family building. It has definitely enhanced the way I treat all my patients, especially my LGBTQ+ patients, as I feel strongly that if one desires to have a family the hurdles are surmountable and the joys, boundless. I am proud to help others achieve their family building dreams.”