Lesbian moms welcome quadruplets in California. Couple prepares for a busy life after deciding against selective reduction

Christine Gaiennie [left] and Patsy Lovell [right] – from Placentia, California – have welcomed quadruplets. Both women work as civilians for the Irvine Police Department. They have been together 5 years and have a 2-year-old son by the same sperm donor as the quads. The couple met on the job 14 years ago, when they worked as police dispatchers.

The Orange County Register reports the women were not planning on such a large family. They wanted one sibling for their son, but decided against selective reduction after they saw the ultrasound.

“We’re definitely done having kids,” Cristine Gaiennie (39) told The OC Register. “We got more than we bargained for. We hit the baby lottery.”

The quads, two boys and two girls, are still in hospital, and the proud parents are preparing their home. They plan to continue working different shifts at the Police Department and receiving childcare from volunteers and nannies.

Source: Erika Chavez, The Orange County Register
Image Source: Steve Zylius, The Orange County Register

7 thoughts on “Lesbian moms welcome quadruplets in California. Couple prepares for a busy life after deciding against selective reduction

  • Anonymous

    i think that is wonderful congrats to the new mommys !!!! me and my partner will soon welcome our baby girl in to the world on april 15,2008. we wish you both luck with your babies!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful journey you are on! OK, if having one child makes both parents sleep deprived, does quads mean anyone within a 4 mile radius also loose sleep!?

    Our son just turned 10 months old and I’m enjoying every bit of it! We hope to expand our family in 2009. We are so very happy and excited. We live in OC and are looking for lesbian parenting groups. Any recommendations?

    Wishing your family a lifetime of love!

  • Anonymous

    My sister is having quadruplets due sometime within the next couple of months. I commend you for taking on such a challenging role and mostly because you are a proud couple raising kids. We are also in Southern California so maybe my four nephews can play with your four little ones. Best of luck


  • Anonymous

    My partner and I are the proud parents of 2 1/2 year old quadruplets — 3 boys and 1 girl. It’s the best road and we wish you all the happiness you can stand!!!!! A&S from Texas

  • Anonymous

    I wish the best to the couple I am a lesbian mother of a Daughter of 16 Months and my partner is due to have twins Aug 30 2008. We were really nervous when we saw the ultrasound but soon got used to it and couldn’t be happier. I am glad everyone is doing great.

  • So exciting. I hope they are ready for a house full of love. 🙂

    “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.” – Audre Lorde

  • Anonymous

    As a Lesbian mother of Triplets. I am so happy to hear of the babies healthy birth! Congratulations. I hope they have found all the resources available to them through the Mothers of Supertwins mostonline.org group as well as the Triplet Connection and other groups such as the Lesbian mothers of Higher Order Multiples Groups.


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