Aimee Brill

Founder and Executive Director, Village Birth International

10644821_10204306210796613_7355311728888772358_n (1)She has been practicing as a maternal health advocate and doula offering support, mentorship, trainings, and education to hundreds of families and birth workers since 2003.

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. Her experience apprenticing at one of Uganda’s regional hospitals exposed her to the great gaps in maternal health affecting the midwives and the communities they serve. Together, in 2006, she founded Village Birth International (VBI).

Since that time, a dedicated team of Ugandan midwives, mobilizers, and Village Health Team advocates, and US partners, they have been offering mobile midwifery clinics and maternal health community advocacy trainings.

In addition, Aimee has received certification from Lamaze International, DONA International, BOLD Method for Birth, and additional training from Birthing From Within, Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York, and the Farm’s Assistant Midwifery Training. She sits on the Executive Council at Syracuse Healthy Start. From 2012-2015, she was one of the co-owners of Doula Trainings International, helping to build an organization of hundreds of doulas and offering doula mentorship, advocacy and trainings around the United States. In 2017, she joined Choices in Childbirth supporting program development on Healthy Women, Healthy Families, a NYC five borough community doula initiative.

VBI’s model is grounded in reproductive justice and equitable partnership, a model that extends to her community birth advocacy work through Co-Mothering CNY, a local partnership she co-founded with Asteir Bey in Syracuse, NY in 2011.

She currently serves as the Executive Director of VBI and provides community-based doula trainings, and consulting services on allyship for organizations and institutions interested in integrating anti-racist and inclusive models into their framework and partnerships. She is the mother of two children and lives in NJ.