Tina Franklin has been a surrogate mother four times, and enjoyed it so much she opened the Oregon Surrogacy Center in Rainier.
Franklin lives in Washington but opened her business in Oregon, where it is legal to compensate surrogate mothers for their services.
Franklin and the surrogates she connects to potential parents are known as gestational surrogates, meaning the egg or eggs fertilized for the pregnancy did not come from their bodies.
Franklin's application for surrogates is "extremely thick and thorough," she said. They must be 21 to 40 years old, had a previous healthy pregnancy and delivery, be drug-free and STD-free, have a stable living environment and their husband or partner must be supportive. Surrogates also are psychologically screened, driving records and criminal backgrounds are checked and they cannot be receiving welfare, food stamps or other government assistance.
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