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


Birth and Reproductive Justice is a universal human right. Families deserve respectful and dignified care that is self-determined, accessible, safe and culturally congruent. 



The Village Birth International Community Program serves to lift up liberated models of care in order to improve outcomes in birth, breastfeeding, parenting and healing for our Syracuse community. VBI Doulas provide physical, emotional, spiritual care and advocacy throughout all stages of reproductive healthcare.

If you are pregnant or are considering pregnancy, please contact us for more info about how doulas can support your experience.


CoMothering Syracuse


CoMothering Syracuse is Village Birth International’s local outreach for reproductive justice. We are committed to reclaiming the health and wellbeing of our families through self-determination, collective responsibility, and trust in individual wisdom.

Our Commitment:

• Sistercircles are healing circles. Birthing people have the power to heal and transform their families through liberated birth practices.
• We believe that equitable partnerships are central to reclaiming birth as a safe, humane, & loving act of resistance.
• Healthy families are created and maintained through community supported birth, breastfeeding and well-woman care.
• We should not be limited by circumstance.
• Women who are supported will make informed choices in their transition to motherhood. This support should be compassionate and respectful of individual traditions.

CoMothering is an ancient practice of gathering and information sharing in birth and parenthood. We have reinstated this practice as a response to racist and oppressive conditions that create illness and death in African and Latinx birthing families. We believe there is liberation in birth.


To practice with us:

visit Facebook

Instagram @villagebirthintl

for upcoming events or contact directly: asteir@villagebirthinternational.org




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