Martha Paynter is a registered nurse, activist, and researcher. She is a staff nurse at the IWK Health Centre Family Newborn Care Unit and a PhD Candidate in Nursing at Dalhousie University.
In 2012, she founded Women's Wellness Within (WWW), a registered non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy with criminalized women who are pregnant or parenting young children in Nova Scotia. For nearly ten years, she chaired the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) Halifax branch. She works at the intersection of health and justice systems to advance reproductive health and the rights of people experiencing incarceration.