"We wanted to see the ultrasound and we set up a meeting and made the trip to go halfway around the world," said Rhonda. "It was fabulous."
What she learned was that the woman was the mother of two boys, married to a factory worker. "She did basically what 90 percent of the surrogates do – she wanted to buy a house as her goal."
As for the twins, their surrogate "was poverty-stricken," said Rhonda. "She needed money to survive and was having a hard time making ends meet. Her husband was out of work quite often and she needed to put food on the table."
Now, on her blog, Our Journey to Surrogacy In India, Rhonda recommends her experience to other infertile American couples.
"We became a reference for others," she said. "It's amazing. People have sent me messages and still thank me for their children: 'Without you, we would not have a child.'"
As for Steiner's book, Rhonda said, "I loved it. I read through the entire book and took time to read it quietly and in detail to bring it all in. I literally relived my whole journey through her eyes. I cried. I laughed. I lived it through her."