Our Experience with Bill Houghton at Sensible Surrogacy was outstanding. He helped us achieve our dreams of becoming parents. My wife and I are extremely thankful for all the work they put in to helping us. We would also like to thank their partners in Ukraine (Lev Chekhov - Didilia) who made our journey in Ukraine an incredible experience. We loved Ukraine and can't wait to go visit again. If you are considering surrogacy services I recommend a smaller agency like Sensible surrogacy for a more personalized and comfortable experience. They are there for you 24/7. We are planning to do it again soon in hopes for a second child.
Review by TFLondon4 months ago
Bill Houghton and Sensible Surrogacy proved to be a committed, experienced and ETHICAL partner in helping my husband and I fulfill our family dreams. If not for Sensible Surrogacy we doubt that we would be parents today. I hope this review might give some hope to others who are currently searching for the right surrogacy agent or consultant.
We spent 7 years trying to have our own biological children. Then we spent years on adoption waiting lists. At the time we never considered surrogacy because, having spent nearly all of our savings trying to do IVF, we assumed it was financially out of our reach. Then in 2013, by some miracle I accidentally happened upon an obscure article online that mentioned low cost international surrogacy. I immediately called the agency mentioned in the article. The agency seemed very lacking and unprofessional, but the seed was planted and I kept up my online search.
At this point we had nothing left to lose. With only a few thousand left in our savings, and still waiting on adoption lists, international surrogacy seemed like the best last ditch effort we could make. So, I kept looking online and hoped that the universe would lead us down the right path.
Well, needless to say, somehow I was lead to the Sensible Surrogacy site. For some reason the site spoke louder to me than the handful I had found. I’ll never forget that first video call we had with Bill Houghton. He told us about his own experience with surrogacy and we could hear his babies in the background. All of our fears about ethics and honesty simply disappeared and we just somehow knew we had, at long last, found the means by which we would have our family.
Within a few days of that first call Bill forwarded us about 30 egg donor profiles and then went to work on our surrogate selection process. One step just lead to the next step, which lead to the next, and before we knew it, in less than 1 year from that first phone call, we were on a plane bound for Bangkok to pick up our son. The whole flight we were overcome with amazement and excitement and gratitude for all the events that lead us to that moment.
Maybe we are just lucky ones, but the pregnancy seemed to go by lightning fast. We had one failed transfer and then we were pregnant. I often wonder if the speed at which those 9 months flew by would have seemed slower had our surrogate lived in the same town as us. It was almost as if the whole process had a life of its own, going on for our benefit but without requiring much of our direct involvement.
Given no other alternative, we just "trusted" the entire time. We were updated weekly on the progress of our surrogate. Every lab test and medical report was emailed to us as soon as they were released. I had a lot of questions, tons of questions! Perhaps ten per email and two emails a week! Bill would answer what he could right away. Those that he could not answer he consulted with the doctor and responded within a few days. And those that neither he nor the doctor could answer, he would give me his thoroughly researched opinion. Just like any pregnancy there were ups and downs as we waited for news of the next milestone. There were times I expressed anxiety. But Bill understood what we were going through, he had been there himself.
The trip to Bangkok will be etched in my memory forever. We were present for the birth. We got to spend some time with our surrogate in the hospital and we even met her mother. When my parents flew out, the two families met. We found her to be an extremely cheerful and happy young woman, which probably contributed greatly to our son's similar demeanor. And, she was grateful. She told us that being our surrogate provided opportunities to her own kids that she could otherwise never have been able to give them. This knowledge gave us an even deeper gratitude towards Sensible Surrogacy and all others that support and sustain international commercial surrogacy. We left there feeling like everyone involved in the journey benefited deeply and equally from the experience.
Bill's job did not end with the birth of our son. His local team also collected all the correct paperwork to not only exit Thailand quickly but also to ensure that we had all the proper documents needed for our official state-side "adoption”, so that my name would be placed on the official US birth certificate as "mother".
"Working" closely with Bill and his team on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis for almost a year’s time gave me the opportunity to really get to know him. I can honestly say that Bill operates as a true advocate for his clients as well as his surrogates. He is not a salesman, he will not try and blow smoke and will not try to sell you things you do not need.
It’s obvious that Bill’s allegiance is to his clients and NOT to his providers. He will empathize with your anxieties, but he will not play into them; he will maintain the voice of reason. But Bill will go the extra mile to ensure your best chances of success. He will think out of the box and will come up with choices. The choices are yours to make, but he will not be afraid to tell you what he thinks and what he recommends. His recommendations are based on years of experience. He will not sugar coat things. If he cannot do something, or believes something to be unethical, he will not be afraid to tell you. He is not a hand holder, he does not play into anxieties, but would much rather deal with situations using a realistic, non-dramatic approach. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Sensible Surrogacy team and Bill Houghton. I cannot counter-balance this review with any criticisms because I simply cannot think of anything he should have done differently.
As I search for platforms to review Sensible Surrogacy, I'm amazed to see pages upon pages of ads for international surrogacy agencies. Only 6 years ago there were no more than a mere handful. I'm not at all surprised to see that Sensible Surrogacy has endured and grown into one of the top full service, multi-national surrogacy companies. It swells my heart to think of all the hundreds of babies that Bill has delivered into the hands of waiting parents, just like he did for us, and of all babies he will soon be helping to deliver to future parents. Some of those future parents are right now doing their internet research just like I was doing on that fateful day I chanced upon the Sensible Surrogacy website. Best wishes to all of you!
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