A lesbian couple in Fresno have welcomed their 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th child into the world. The babies were born 6 weeks prematurely, and will come home from the hospital in about 6 weeks.
The moms – Dana and Allison Thatch – already have two biological children and five adopted special needs children. They got pregnant this time via IVF, with help from fertility drugs.
Of her kids with special needs Allison explains, “Children with these complications end up in an institution or in group homes and they deserve a family and continuity of care.”
The couple receives financial help from the state. Grocery bills are currently about $3,500 a month. And, “it’s about $450 a month for diapers,” says Allison. That’s before their new family members arrived. The couple estimates they’ll use about 70 diapers a day.
Two girls and two boys are welcomed into the family – who totaled 15½ pounds: Tessa, 4 pounds 3 ounces, Trey, 3 pounds 8 ounces, Trista, 3 pounds 8 ounces, and Toby 4 pounds 5 ounces.