Maria was born in Jarrow in the North East of England. She trained as a nurse in the 1980s and then moved to London to train as a midwife. In 1996 after 8 years in London she moved back to the North East to her roots, where she worked in both the hospital and the community as a midwife. Maria moved to Inverness in 2003 after meeting her husband, and they now have two children. Having two girls is a great delight after being brought up with three younger brothers. She is currently still working on the frontline of maternity services as a Senior Charge Midwife on the delivery suite at Raigmore Hospital.
Her memoir of her life as a midwife, entitled Tales of a Midwife, will be published by Headline in March 2012.