Your Future Family (Paperback)

The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (What You Need to Know About Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Sperm Donation)

By Kim Bergman, PhD, Mark Leondires, MD (Foreword by)

Conari Press, 9781573247467, 160pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2019

List Price: 14.95*
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Description

From one of the world’s leading authorities, a practical resource guide filled with the essential information you need to know about assisted reproduction

Third-party reproduction is now easier, more accessible, and more successful than ever before, yet it is still a complex process. Before you start down this path to parenthood, there are important questions to consider such as, “How are sperm, eggs, and embryos screened?”, “How do I find a donor?”, or “What are the legal issues surrounding surrogacy?” Here, psychologist Kim Bergman—an expert in the field and a mother herself through assisted reproduction—provides the answers you need and more.

Your Future Family 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. Filled with personal anecdotes from Bergman’s own life, as well as the lives of her clients, this book brings the human element of creating a family this way to life.

The definitive primer on assistant reproduction,Your Future Family provides a foundational knowledge of the entire process, includes essential facts, as well as a list of resources to help you along the way. Kim Bergman’s expertise and her open, honest approach will inspire confidence to fulfill your dreams of creating a family.



About the Author

Kim Bergman, PhD is a licensed psychologist and co-owner and senior partner of Growing Generations, one of the oldest and largest surrogacy and egg donor agencies in the world. She serves on the corporate board of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is an emeritus board member for the Family Equality Council. Visit her at www.growinggenerations.com


Praise For Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (What You Need to Know About Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Sperm Donation)

“There is no better book to read about assisted reproduction. As a parent who was personally helped by Kim Bergman, I can hear her voice, her expert advice, along with her openness and honesty about the process on every page.” —Andy Cohen, Host, Executive Producer

— Andy Cohen

“Kim Bergman has been a pioneer in helping people form their families. She brings cutting edge expertise to the table with warmth, compassion, and understanding — a rare and much needed combination. Your Future Family makes Kim's unique gifts of knowledge and support accessible to people everywhere. I can't recommend it highly enough.” —Reverend Stan J Sloan, CEO, Family Equality Council

— Reverend Stan J. Sloan

Your Future Family addresses the important, universal issues that people face when they choose to create a family with the help of others. Kim Bergman is a worldwide expert in the field of assisted reproduction, a passionate advocate for families of all kinds, known for her honesty and integrity which shines through in these pages.” —Wendie Wilson-Miller, Founder of Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy and coauthor of The Insider’s Guide to Egg Donation: A Compassionate and Comprehensive Guide for all Parents-to-Be

— Wendie Wilson-Miller

“Dr. Kim Bergman is a passionate, honest expert in her field. She is truly supportive of anyone who needs help building a family and has guided countless individuals and couples on their paths to parenthood. The advice she offers in Your Future Family is both insightful and much needed in the field of reproductive medicine.” —Angela K. Lawson, PhD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility), Northwestern University

— Angela K. Lawson, PhD

“While there are many technical and complex aspects to having a baby through assisted reproduction, Dr. Bergman will help you navigate them with ease. She also employs her skills as a psychologist to help see you through the emotional twists and turns along the way. This is a great read to begin your journey to parenthood!” –Christopher E. Harris, MD, FAAP,Professor, Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

— Christopher E. Harris, MD, FAAP

“I had the good fortune to have Kim’s help through our two surrogacy journeys. She is not only a gifted psychologist, but a true leader and pioneer in the field of assisted reproduction. This book provides you with the valuable insights she shared along the way that were until now were only available to those lucky enough to get to work with her.” –Ryan Murphy, American screenwriter, director, and producer

— Ryan Murphy

“Kim is not only one of the world’s experts on building families through assisted reproduction, but she does so with genuine love and compassion. If you are thinking of having children through IVF, surrogacy, egg or sperm donation — this is a must-read book for you.” –Will Halm, Esq., Managing Partner of International Reproductive Law Group

— William Halm, Esq.

“Even if you think you know everything there is to know about assisted reproduction, you should read Your Future Family. In this book, Dr. Bergman provides an extraordinarily thorough and easy-to-understand overview of the topic. She covers every angle – from the simplest to the most sophisticated – with candor and clarity. making this the most comprehensive guide available!” –Richard B. Vaughn, Esq., Founding Partner, International Fertility Law Group Inc.

— Richard B. Vaughn, Esq.

“Kim Bergman is the rare expert who combines a wealth of knowledge, personal experience, and heart-felt sincerity in both her work and her writing. It can sometimes feel like you’ll need a PhD in biology to navigate the assisted reproduction journey. Your Future Family covers everything you need to know (and more) in a completely accessible and easy read. Kim is a resource everyone navigating A.R.T. should have in their corner.” –Scott Brown, Vice President of Communications, California Cryobank

— Scott Brown

“I couldn't think of a better person to write this book than Kim Bergman. She brings her compassion, empathy, and collaborative spirit to everything she does, including this book. Your Future Family will not disappoint." --Stephanie Caballero, Principal, The Surrogacy Law Center

— Stephanie Caballero

“Dr. Kim Bergman's comprehensive knowledge and experience – which she generously shares in this book – will help you navigate the intricate and challenging world of assisted reproduction. She is a trailblazer in the field but also a sensitive professional with a real understanding of basic human needs.” –Yotam Ottolenghi, Chef, Restauranteur, Bestselling Author

— Yotam Ottolenghi

“Dr. Kim Bergman is truly an expert in the field of assisted reproduction. In Your Future Family, she shares the strategies and wisdom she has gained over the course of her professional career and as a parent herself by assisted reproduction. This book will be the Bible for those considering building their families through assisted reproduction.” –Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Founding Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami and past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

— Rabbi Denise L. Eger

“Kim Bergman is one of those rare experts who combines her vast knowledge and professionalism with the real world, lived experience of her clients. Her commitment, expertise, and compassion set her aside from other professionals in her field. Your Future Family will help intended parents negotiate the challenging but wonderful path to parenthood” –Rodney Chiang-Cruise, Co-Founder Gay Dads Australi

— Rodney Chiang-Cruise

“Kim Bergman shares her decades of experience helping intended parents to achieve their dream of family in this eminently practical guide, written with humor, warmth, and great empathy. Highly recommended for anyone considering family building via assisted reproduction.” –Sam Everingham, Global Director, Families Through Surrogacy

— Sam Everingham

“It’s no accident that Kim Bergman is an expert in helping people create their families. Her love and devotion to her own family are paramount and she brings that same dedication to everyone she helps in her work. Your Future Family carefully guides you through the steps involved with assisted reproduction and reviews the options available to help you build your own family.” –Gregg Kaminsky, Founding Partner of R Family Vacations

— Gregg Kaminsky

“In Your Future Family, prospective parents now have access to Kim Bergman's expertise, her compassion and most compelling, her advice for minimizing risks and optimizing your chances for a successful family building journey.” –Amelia Demma, Esq., Family Formation Attorney and Fellow at the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

— Amelia Demma, Esq.

Your Future Family is the primer for anyone considering assisted reproduction. By clearly exploring and explaining the physiological, emotional, legal, and financial ramifications of nontraditional family planning, Dr. Bergman demystifies the process, answering questions the reader didn't even know they had.” –Mark Supper, CEO-President Youth Emerging Stronger

— Mark Supper