Sitting in a pub in a small town in north-eastern Scotland, Erin told me about her experience of becoming a mother five years previously. In the course of our interview, I had asked her whether she felt that becoming a mother had affected the way she thought about herself. She responded at some length:

ErIn: Absolutely, beyond a doubt. In a good and a bad way. Good way – you feel very proud, you know, somebody that’s related to you, that you love, that you’ve created, so immensely proud and it’s immensely positive because you are given a chance for another identity if you like.