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Sara Linnarduci : Doula & Student Midwife

posted May 15, 2016, 1:48 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 10:19 PM ]
In 2010 I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Spanish with a strong conviction that the work I did had to be in service of the world. I worked at nonprofits and NGO’s in conjunction with the United Nations to advance the rights of indigenous women by advocating for complete stewardship of their land so that their wisdom would be acknowledged and codified as the best practices for the earth they knew so well. After working for a year I decided to take a long bike trip and flew from NJ to Seattle, WA and from there, rode my bike to San Diego. Along the way I met midwives, doulas and people involved with the birthing movement and felt like I had found what I was looking for. At the end of my trip I decided to relocate to the Bay Area for it’s robust birthing opportunities. I was trained by Cornerstone Doula Trainings as a labor and postpartum doula and began volunteering my services at San Francisco General Hospital, The 
Teenage Pregnancy Program and The Birth Justice Project. 

I see my work as another venue for women to use their wisdom of the terrain they have tended to their whole lives; their bodies. My doula work is an opportunity for strong interpersonal connections and, within society, as a social justice movement. I approach doula work with a strong focus on anatomy and physiology with a strong reverence for the unknowable, undefinable aspects of the birthing process. I’m so excited to join Whatadoula and provide doula care for women and their families in the Bay Area.

Since leaving Whatadoula, Sara has been immersed in her work as Program Coordinator for the Mothers and Infants Nurturing Together (Mint) Program in San Francisco, CA.  It is a program for federally incarcerated pregnant folks to leave the prison they are in when they are 7 months pregnant and go live in a halfway house through their pregnancy and 3 months postpartum.  I am fully committed to the abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex I have approached this job as a harm reduction to the violence that is inherent to life in prison.  I have honed my skills as a lactation support person and gained tons of expertise with newborn babies via this amazing work.  Through the MINT program I have had the chance to really see what continuity of care has the potential to look like, and I"ve had the honor of being the primary support person for a lot of the folks in the program.  I has been incredible to learn about supporting a new parent to find their intuitive parenting skills, support breastfeeding and other ways of nourishing babies. 

Next move for Sara will be beginning her midwifery career at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX!  We are so very proud of Sara and all her accomplishments.