Sunday, November 21, 2010

American surrogacy expert speaking at Sydney seminar

Dr Kim Bergman
Dr Kim Bergman, the co-owner of the world's oldest and largest surrogacy clinic, Growing Generations, will be speaking at a surrogacy seminar to be held in Sydney on 14 December, 2010.

As a co-owner of Growing Generations, based in LA, Dr Bergman has had a strong commitment toward LGBTI clients.  Growing Generations has received many awards for its role in supporting the LGBTI community.

A psychologist since 1992 , Dr Bergman is the founder of Fertility Counseling Services, Inc., providing all aspects of psychological services to individuals and agencies in the field of fertility and assisted reproduction. Dr Bergman is the current co-chair of the Family Equality Council, the only US non- profit organisation solely dedicated to equality for LGBTQ parents and their families, through advocacy, education and support. Dr Bergman's professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Dr Bergman and her partner of 25 years have two daughters, ages 12 and 10. Born in Los Angeles,  Dr. Bergman completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at UCLA. She then went on to obtain both her Master's and her Doctoral degrees in psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles.

Dr Bergman will be in Sydney from 10-15 December with the seminar the highlight. The seminar, hosted by Gay Dads NSW, will be particularly focussed on the NSW Surrogacy Act 2010 and what impact it will have on those in NSW accessing overseas commercial surrogacy clinics. This is particularly important given that the Act, which will make it illegal for NSW residents to access overseas commercial surrogacy clinics for the first time,  might take effect as soon as December.

Other speakers at the seminar will be:

 Details of the seminar:

  • Host: Gay Dads NSW
  • Place: Aurora Room, 2010 office, 45 Bedford St, Newtown
  • Date: Tuesday 14 December, 2010
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cost: free


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