S2 Episode 4 Brenda’s Got An Embryo with Markiya Fagan

Markiya Fagan graciously shared her story and how she battled infertility and conceived her daughter through embryo adoption.

We learned so much from this episode and the discussion has shed so much light on shame, marriage conflicts and how infertility affects your mental health as a woman and how it can also strengthen your relationship with yourself and your partner.

Having a family does not always look like the conventional way that we know it. It can happen in a multitude of different ways and we should normalize that and be part of the movement to remove shame from any part of the journey.


We hope that you learn from and enjoy this episode as much as we have!

Topics Covered:

  • Markiya’s background and story
  • Depending on your state, you can receive an embryo as embryo adoption or donation.
  • Markiya faced female and male factor infertility
    Infertility can affect your marriage
  • Feeling of inadequacy and not being enough during infertility journey
  • How infertility can also strengthen your marriage and having the baby becomes icing on the cake
  • Gabrielle Union’s story
  • Where frozen embryos go
  • How much embryo adoption could cost
  • Meeting with a psychologist as a requirement in the process to prepare the parents well
  • Empowering your child to have language to be able to deal with her situation and will not catch her by surprise when in the future she bump into her genetic siblings

About The Show:

A Tribe Called Fertility is a platform to share conversations about maternal health, black families and their experiences around fertility. Our mission is to provide support and possible solutions to decrease birth disparities for black babies and maternal mortality outcomes for black women.

Read more about the hosts and their birth stories in Our Stories page.


About The Markiya Fagan:

Markiya is an Empowerment Strategist. She is Isaiah 54 Woman bringing hope to barren people and barren communities. Under this mandate, she founded Isaiah 54 International Ministries, which currently serves as the umbrella organization for Journey To The Ring, a ministry for marriage minded singles and open wounds, a ministry for those battling infertility, grief from child loss and sexual brokenness. She helps people discover and live in purpose through her life coaching practice, and also acts as a consultant providing strategic solutions for schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations. At the age of 38, with virginity intact, Markiya married the love of her life, Robert Fagan. Together, they strive to demonstrate the power of God’s love and redemption and marriage. And side by side they fought infertility and welcomed their princess, Abigail into their forever tale. Markiya’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Urban, Early and Middle Childhood Education from Penn State University and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She has also ascertained certificates in faith based and spiritual counseling and professional coaching. And the title of author has been recently added with the publication of her book, Journey to the ring, which is now available on Amazon.

Connect with Markiya:
Website: markiyafagan.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/isaiah54woman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Isaiah54woman

Connect with Us:
Website: https://atribecalledfertility.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atribecalledfertility/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/atcf_podcast
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMbjB2PHM2LLmc3_rzX0EEw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atribecalledfertility

Gabrielle Union’s story – https://time.com/6096588/gabrielle-union-surrogacy/


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