Based on our years of experience, we have identified three basic requirements which must be met before a candidate can begin the screening phase of our program:
- Must be between the ages of 21-35 years old. A surrogate mother younger than 21 year of age may not have the maturity to deal with and understand the intricacies of surrogate parenting and the effect her decision may have on her own children. The upper age limit is based solely on medical considerations, and the link between age and high risk pregnancies.
- Must have a child of her own. LETO believes that only someone who has gone through a pregnancy, felt a child move, and given birth can understand “bonding” and know if she can become a surrogate mother and relinquish the child to the intended parents. In addition to having given birth, we require that she must be actively raising her child. We believe that only a woman who has experience in parenting a child, understands what it takes to be a parent, can be a surrogate mother. She understands that just as she does not want someone involved in raising her child, her couple needs to be left alone to raise their child. A woman who gave her child up for adoption, and has not been active in raising a child, may not understand the dynamics of parenting.
- Must be financially secure. Since money should not be a major motivating factor in deciding to become a surrogate mother, anyone on welfare, is excluded from our program. Financial consideration should not be the major motivating factor.
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