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PhD Candidate in Nursing, Dalhousie University

Martha Paynter is a registered nurse providing abortion and postpartum care. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Nursing at Dalhousie University. She is the founder and coordinator of Women’s Wellness Within, a non-profit organization supporting criminalized women and transgender/nonbinary individuals in the perinatal period in carceral institutions and the community. She works to advance reproductive justice through advocacy, collaboration and nursing scholarship.

For her nursing advocacy and research, Martha has received numerous awards including the 2018 Rising Star Award from the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses, the 2018 Health Advocacy Award from the Council of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia, the 2018 3M National Student Fellowship, and in 2017, the Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal for volunteer service to the country.

Martha’s doctoral research is supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, CIHR Banting-Best Canadian Doctoral Scholarship, the Killam Predoctoral Scholarship, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University


  • 2017 
    Dalhousie University, Nursing