Aimee Brill

VBI, Co-Director

Aimée Brill is a facilitator, consultant, trainer, birth justice activist, and is the co-director of VBI. Through collaboration and partnership, her work has been devoted to creating equitable frameworks that uplift and center reproductive justice and human rights in childbirth. 

She has been practicing as a perinatal health professional providing local, national, and international advocacy, consultancy, mentorship, community 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.

Co-founded through partnership in 2006, VBI’s collective action began in northern Uganda implementing an Ugandan mobile midwifery clinic directed by Ugandan nurse midwife, Florence Ochitti. The mobile clinic offers antenatal and postpartum services to communities in northern Uganda. Integrating the intersections of national and global maternal health advocacy and reproductive justice in 2010, along with co-director, Asteir Bey, VBI founded the first community-based doula collective in Syracuse, New York. 

VBI 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 focused on the vital role that community-based doula models need to have in order to ensure success with Medicaid reimbursement.

In response to the pandemic in 2020, Village Birth International came into partnership with Every Mother Counts, Ancient Song Doula Services and Jacaranda Health to create JustBirth Space. JustBirth Space is a virtual perinatal support space for individuals during the course of pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum. Created to support the heightened isolation and anxiety that many pregnant and parenting people face, JustBirth Space engages a team of community-based perinatal support workers to provide text-based, one-on-one phone or video, and community classes. JustBirth Space cultivates innovation based on the principles of birth justice by humanizing virtual care in order to address the systems and structures that lead to racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. Aimee currently serves as Co-Director with JustBirth Space with Chanel Porchia-Albert and an incredible team of people dedicated to birth justice.

She lives in New Jersey with her three children and partner.