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Cristine Gaiennie
(1969 - living) U.S.A.

Cristine Gaiennie

Lesbian parent
Christine Gaiennie [left] and Patsy Lovell [right]

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Christine and Patsy, from Placentia, California, met on the job in 1994, when they worked as police dispatchers. They have been together since 2003 and have a son, Jordan, born in 2006 by a sperm donor, conceived after seven failed attempts at artificial insemination.

They wanted one sibling for their son, Jordan, the same anonymous sperm donor, therefore Christine, who carried the babies, underwent ovulation induction to stimulate egg production before successfully giving birth to two boys and two girls in 2008. Christine and Patsy were not planning on such a large family. Although Christine initially lost a baby at eight weeks gestation, the pregnancy went smoothly and she continued working day shifts at the police department managing the city's permit staff. She told the Orange County Register: "It was a party in my fallopian tubes. We were just hoping for one, it took us a few weeks to get over the shock."

Patsy, who was unable to carry any children, worked night shifts as a dispatch supervisor, in order to keep son Jordan out of childcare.

At 28 weeks, Gaiennie was admitted to St Joseph Hospital in Orange County where she took oral medication to prevent contractions until she reached 35 weeks when her doctor scheduled a caesarean. On March 3rd Braydan James was born, followed by sister Avery Renee, Landan Paul and finally Addison Jo. The quads were cared for at Children's Hospital of Orange County where they will remain in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while they put on weight and master feeding.

While they were initially worried about the possibility of their children being teased at school, they were determined not to let their fear of criticism or discrimination factor into their decision to have another baby. Patsy said: "We figured the benefits outweighed the risks and we just went for it. We're just two people who love each other and wanted to have a family."

The couple, who live in a 4-bedroom house in Placentia, have received support from family, friends and their police department colleagues. Neither parent intends to quit her job, choosing instead to stagger their maternity leave and continue working opposite shifts.

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