This listserv is intended to be an online support group
for surrogate mothers, intended parents, and egg donors. If you
have been, are currently, or plan to become a surrogate mother, parent
via surrogacy, or egg donor, you are welcome to join.
If you would like to become a member of this listserv,
please review the membership rules. If you agree to abide by the rules
set forth below and would like to join the listserv, please fill out
and submit a listserv application. You
will be notified when you have been added to the listserv.
1. Introduction: We ask that you send a brief
introductory message within 3 days of being subscribed to the group.
This helps us to get to know
one another and allows us to feel as if we are among friends, rather
strangers. It also gives other members the opportunity to welcome you
to the group. Members who do not introduce themselves within 3 days of
joining the listserv
will be unsubscribed without notification.
2. Topics: Postings to the listserv should be
related and of interest to the group as a whole. If your message is
intended for a single individual, please consider sending it privately.
3. Atmosphere: In order to maintain a friendly and
welcome atmosphere, please keep the discussion as polite as possible.
Abusive behavior will
not be tolerated. Anyone who breaks this rule will be subject to
removal without notice.
4. Privacy: Respect the privacy of others. Personal
information and/or issues discussed here are to be kept private. Do not
discuss any member's
personal situation outside of this forum. This rule is paramount in any
support group and anyone who cannot abide by it will be promptly
unsubscribed. Trust is a key ingredient of our listserv.
Discussing or forwarding other members' private
information, or allowing those who are not members of the listserv to
access your account is strictly prohibited. We insist on every member's
cooperation on this very important issue. At times it might
be appropriate for the listserv moderator to disccus listserv issues
with the owner of SMO. This is the only exception to the privacy rule.
5. Honesty: Here at SMO, we subscribe to the belief that
honesty is always the best policy. Dishonesty of any type
will not be tolerated, as it obviously has the potential to be very
hurtful to others as well as to the surrogacy world in
general. If we are made aware
of someone who is misrepresenting themselves or lying, and there is
of their dishonesty, that member will be unsubscribed from the SMO
as well as banned from the SMO classified ads and message boards.
6. Posting Frequency: Many members have expressed
concern about sharing their personal stories and information when they
do not know who is
"lurking" on the listserv. For this reason, we believe it is in the
best interest of the group to require members to post a
surrogacy-related message at least once per month. Individuals
who do not abide by this
rule will be unsubscribed without notice.
7. Solicitation (Individuals): Please do not solicit or
advertise for a surrogate or couple on this group. Some of our members
might not feel comfortable posting if they have to worry about being
solicited by other members. If you are looking for a surrogate or a
couple, please visit the classifieds
section and make your
contacts via private email.
8. Solicitation (Professionals): Only those who have a
personal interest in surrogacy may join the listserv. Those who are
the surrogacy field may join the group, provided that their sole
interest is to gain and/or provide support on a personal level.
SOLICITATION WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
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