Mary is currently the Professor in Midwifery at UniSA, Adelaide, South Australia. She has also previously been a Professor of Midwifery in the UK. Presently, she holds three visiting professorships those being at the University of Chester, UK, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a mother of three children and has been a midwife for 34 years and been involved in midwifery research since 1990. During that time she has become very interested in a wide remit of maternal and family health issues. This has led her to undertake several research studies and service development projects; with the overall aim to improve the care and services for women, babies and their families. She is a prolific writer and has numerous publications and contributed to several books and chapters. Mary has received several awards for clinical innovation, original research, partnership working and outstanding services to midwifery. Mary has successfully worked with and plans to work in the future with multiple agencies to improve maternity care and family services. Mary believes it is vitally important to link research, education and clinical practice to promote better health and wellbeing outcomes for mothers, babies, families and the community at large.