First Test Tube Baby

October 14, 2011 by staff 

First Test Tube BabyFirst Test Tube Baby, Once hailed as a miracle, infertility treatments now seem routine. The first “test tube baby” has grown into a 33-year-old with a preschooler on your property.

 Le****ns have babies all the time. Society seems boring Octomom and her eight babies show. A woman aged 61 gave birth to her own grandson. A grandmother of 72 years old, delivered the twins. A bearded transgender man has given birth twice. Science has given children to millions of people.

But Chris and patience Bertana of Antioch, who have spent a decade and tens of thousands of dollars riding an emotional roller coaster infertility.

The couple met as children in the band at Round Lake High School and began dating when Chris was a young freshman and patience.

“We went to four homecomings together,” says Chris, now 38.

“And four graduation parties,” says the patient, 36 years. “And we have large photos, ridiculous hair to prove it.”

They married in 1996 and knew they wanted to have children someday.

“Six months before we married, he quit a lucrative job to go to work with children,” he says patiently, remembering Chris works with suburban YMCA. A special education teacher at a middle school Mundelein, patience, says he loves working with children. Chris coaches the Blue Devils Swim Club and the boys varsity swim team at Warren Township High School in Gurnee.

At the dawn of the millennium, Chris and patience are having difficulty conceiving a child, as well as more than one in 10 couples. Infertility treatments began and thought I would have some funny stories to tell their children someday.

“I was literally in the doctor’s office to give my shows September 11, 2001,” recalls Chris. “I could listen through the speakers in another room when the towers collapsed.”

Infertility treatments and more and more of their lives. Compared with players who had to see every small success as a signal to invest more money and time,

“We have a new respect for what a true miracle of pregnancy is,” Patience says. “There are more than just a bottle of red wine.”

As friends and relatives started families, and patience Chris embarked on an exhausting process, he built decadelong given hope and the anguish and pain.

She woke up at 3:30 in the morning to leave her house Antioch, lead to an infertility clinic in Niles and be back in Mundelein at the time of patient work in school.

“It would have a line as if waiting for concert tickets,” says the patient, that reminds sitting on the floor in a “Cattle Call” of 30 women who are treated on a first come, first served. It went from one clinic to another, from Naperville Niles, before ending in Colorado. In other aspects of her life, hard work and following the rules led to success. Not so in their treatment of infertility.

“Again and again, I would be the only one left who was not pregnant,” says the patient.

Chris remember to give his punches wife of a drug that “glowed like kryptonite.” Patience small blows delivered itself. Their lives were built around the time of infertility treatments. Chris could not bear to see a parent pushing a child on a swing. Patience will send gifts, but did not dare to attend baby showers. Infertility hung over wedding anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and family holidays. At a Halloween party, the couple snuck into a room to inject fertility drugs. He stopped in Eden after a concert who inject drugs. They ran to the parking lot during the wedding of a friend of the required immunizations. Not at all.

“We are very angry with the world,” says Patience, who managed to get pregnant, sometimes only to bear the additional distress when pregnancies were not viable and ended in miscarriages, most recently in May.

Now they realize that their mission was not really to produce a baby.

“We want to be parents,” says Chris.

The couple (and their yellow lab “Romeo”) approved the scrutiny to be approved by an adoption agency, and now brings the same passion in adopting a baby. Patience sells greeting cards handmade paper to finance their efforts adoption. Website of the couple – – tells her story. He hired a lawyer and set up email on to address the adoption drive.

In telling their story, hoping not only to become parents, but also to make life a little easier for other couples struggling with infertility, they say.

“Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I want to educate people about being sensitive to educate people that we are all fools or thieves or Angelina Jolie babies Octomom” Patience says. “We are normal people who want to raise children. We are very excited about the adoption.”

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