Born in Scotland and educated at Strathclyde University, Isabella Smart trained as a Direct Entry midwife at Nottingham University between 1998-2001. Prior to this, Isabella spent 15 years in community development and volunteering management in the East Midlands of England. After 6 years as an inner city community midwife for a diverse range of ethnic communities, asylum seekers and refugees, Isabella taught nurse prescribing at Nottingham University. A Westfield Medical Travel Scholarship resulted in a trip to New Zealand in 2005 to review midwife prescribing and Māori midwifery care. While visiting Counties Manukau Isabella was offered a job and she decided to emigrate to Aotearoa in 2008. In her 12 years in South Auckland Isabella has worked on Birthing and Assessment, been a Clinical Midwife Specialist In Diabetes and is now the Midwife Manager of Community Midwifery, Antenatal and Obstetric Referrals Service, Maternity Assessment Clinic and Te Rito Ora breastfeeding infant and adult nutrition service.