We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Bergman, PhD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance is very important. When my kids were younger they were my main focus, my career, while important took a slight back seat. I’m lucky in that my wife and I both were able to have time at home and time at work. As they got older I was really able to pour myself into my career, growing my company and traveling all over the world to meet with clients. The empty nest period brought a whole new freedom and whole new focus on new adventures, like traveling the world for work and fun and writing my two books. Well COVID has somewhat reversed that with my adult daughters coming home for a time and work becoming a stay at home process. All these months at home have had me refocus on taking care of me, something I don’t usually take a lot time for. So full circle, my work, life, family, me time balance is at an all time high. I guess that’s been a silver lining in all this craziness.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been a psychologist since 1990 and have had a wonderful career that I am exceedingly proud of. My career path has been very unique–I had a private practice for the first 15 years of my career and then started helping people create their families through third party assisted reproduction–a wonderful and fortuitous accident, when a friend asked if I could use my expertise as a psychologist to help him. What started as a part time gig soon became my life’s work. My company, Growing Generations is a premier agency helping people have babies through surrogacy and egg donor. I’m really proud of the work we do and I wrote all about it in my book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction. One of my proudest achievements is my children’s book, You Began as a Wish–a story for children born through assisted reproduction. I have had the honor and privilege of helping thousands of people become parents. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that anything is possible through collaboration, communication and passion.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely my wife Natalie, of 37 years–she is my rock and partner in all adventures.