By Basia Alicia Powell
Infertility in women is somewhat of a taboo topic, particularly in communities of color. This week, my co-host Alana Avis @beautybfly and I @basiapowell wanted to have a positive and inspiring discussion on the topic, “Infertility In Women.” We were joined by Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist, Dr. Stephanie Thompson,who is based in New Jersey and her former patient, Mrs. Liz Agbor-Tabi, also from New Jersey. You can follow Dr Thompson on Instagram and Mrs. Liz Agbor-Tabi on her Instagram. Please see episode below:
S2 EP 4 – “Infertility In Women.”
Dr. Stephanie Marshall- Thompson
Stephanie M. Thompson, M.D. is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist at The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science (IRMS) at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, NJ. She is an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Thompson received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Medical Center and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School.
Her special interests within the field include health and wellness in fertility patients and oocyte cryopreservation. Dr. Thompson has received many honors throughout her academic career and has actively contributed to the scientific literature in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her research includes “Single vs. Double IUI for Male Factor Infertility” and “Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in immortalized endometrial stromal cells. She is currently a principal investigator for the “STAR” trial investigating the impact of pre-implantation genetic screening on pregnancy rates.
As well as her research involvement, Dr. Thompson is a frequent speaker on oocyte cryopreservation having appeared on CNN’s “Birth with Lisa Ling” as well as “The Dr Oz” show to discuss this emerging technology. She also regularly addresses groups of women contemplating egg freezing to help them navigate the medical and emotional aspects of the process.
Dr. Thompson continues to teach residents and medical students as the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division Director for Resident Education at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Thompson’s primary location is in Hoboken, NJ where her practice encompasses reproductive surgery, treatment of gynecologic endocrine disorders and assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization and oocyte cryopreservation.
Mrs. Liz Agbor- Tabi
Liz is a wife, mom, global citizen and senior executive in the philanthropy/ social impact sector. She grappled with infertility for over 10 years while simultaneously managing a demanding career. With tenacity, an unflinching resolve, and an amazing healthcare team, she’s now the proud mom to two beautiful and blessed children. Liz believes there are many paths to starting a family and it’s time to de-stigmatize infertility.