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    substantial minimum fees? skyroad?

    1. What Daphne had founded was basically a union of surrogates, with substantial minimum fees and set health standards.

    2. Now it was twenty-minute drive to CBD, skyroad all the way.

    Not quite sure what they mean, please help me out. Many thanks~

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    Re: substantial minimum fees? skyroad?

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    1. What Daphne had founded was basically a union of surrogates, with substantial minimum fees and set health standards.

    2. Now it was twenty-minute drive to CBD, skyroad all the way.

    Not quite sure what they mean, please help me out. Many thanks~
    1: 'Surrogates' is an abbreviation for 'surrogate mothers' - women who bear children for infertile women, with sperm donation from the woman's partner. They often charge a fee (not in the UK though); this 'union' specifies minimum health standards to be maintained during the pregnancy (regular checkups, for example, but other healthcare as well).

    2 - this one's new to me. I imagine it's a raised highway.

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    Re: substantial minimum fees? skyroad?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    1: 'Surrogates' is an abbreviation for 'surrogate mothers' - women who bear children for infertile women, with sperm donation from the woman's partner. They often charge a fee (not in the UK though); this 'union' specifies minimum health standards to be maintained during the pregnancy (regular checkups, for example, but other healthcare as well).

    2 - this one's new to me. I imagine it's a raised highway.

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    Thanks for your reply, Bobk. But I thought "minimum" here was used to describe the "fees" put into the union and what bothers me is "substantial" used with minimum fees.

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    Re: substantial minimum fees? skyroad?

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    Thanks for your reply, Bobk. But I thought "minimum" here was used to describe the "fees" put into the union and what bothers me is "substantial" used with minimum fees.
    No - it's the fees paid by the parents (the childless couple) to the surrogate mother.

    What the union does is specify a minimum fee that surrogate mothers must charge; other surrogate mothers who are members of the same union are not allowed to charge less. Because this minimum charge is substantial, it can be 'undercut' by people who don't belong to the union, but as non-membership of the union has its own cost (in terms of lack of help/counselling/other support) people still join - knowing that the cost of membership includes the fact that they have to charge a fee that non-members may undercut.

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    Last edited by BobK; 18-Aug-2009 at 12:10. Reason: Fix typo

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