Co-Founder & Co-Director, Village Birth International
Aimee Brill is a mother, facilitator, consultant, birth justice activist, community-based doula trainer, and is the Co-Director of VBI, based both in Syracuse, NY, New Jersey, and northern Uganda. During her time in northern Uganda in 2006 and 2007, Aimee worked and partnered with Florence Ochitti, one of Gulu’s most seasoned and senior nurse midwives and health educators. Together, in 2006, they co-founded Village Birth International (VBI).
Since 2006, she has worked closely with Ugandan midwives to develop and implement a Ugandan-led mobile midwifery clinic which offers midwifery care and services to communities in northern Uganda. In 2011, along with her partner, Asteir Bey, VBI developed a community-based doula program in Syracuse, New York which centers and uplifts Black families and birthing rights within the Black and refugee community.
She has been practicing as a perinatal health professional providing local, national, and international advocacy, consultancy, mentorship, doula trainings, and education since 2003. Aimée facilitates workshops and provides consulting services for organizations and institutions committed to examining whiteness and implementing equitable models into their frameworks and partnerships.
Last year, she co-authored and collaborated with Ancient Song Doula Services and Every Mother Counts, on a paper entitled: Advancing Birth Justice: Community-Based Doula Models of Care for Ending Racial Disparities which centers the vital role that community-based doula models need to have in order to ensure success with Medicaid reimbursement.
Recently, during COVID-19 and in response to long overdue silence and complicity within the white birth community, she put a call out for Our White Work, an organizing alliance for white birth workers to take action and accountability against racial injustice and white supremacy.
She has a love for liberation and for cultivation both with people and plants and lives with her partner and three children, two cats, and their new pandemic puppy, in western NJ.