United States

VBI is committed to following the roadmap for maternal newborn health as outlined by the Black Mama Matters Alliance and the UN Sustainable Development GoalsWe believe in treating people with compassion and respect, sharing success in maternal newborn health, and supporting all providers of care for pregnant individuals and children throughout the world. Organizing throughout cities in the US, VBI Community-Based Doula Trainings help to ensure that all families have access to reproductive justice and maternal health advocacy.  

As stated by the World Health Organization, “Although considered mainly as problems of the developing world, maternal mortality and morbidity remain a challenge in the United States of America (USA).1 Between 1990 and 2013, the maternal mortality ratio for the USA more than doubled from an estimated 12 to 28 maternal deaths per 100 000 births1 and the country has now a higher ratio than those reported for most high-income countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Libya and Turkey.2 About half of all maternal deaths in the USA are preventable.2

Village Birth Community Doulas


The Village Birth International Community Program serves to uplift community-led models of care to improve outcomes in birth, breastfeeding, parenting and healing for our Syracuse community. This Community-Based program trains, mentors and supports birthworkers to provide physical, emotional, spiritual care and advocacy throughout all stages of reproductive healthcare. VBI- trained doulas serve in Onondaga County in partnership with the Sankofa Doula Collective at the Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center.

If you are pregnant or are considering pregnancy, please contact us for more info about how doulas can support your experience. If you reside in Central New York and you are passionate about reproductive justice, please contact us for trainings or ways to support our work.


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