PROBLEM: Pervasive polemics of differing approaches to and values of maternity care limit possibilities of nuanced and productive understandings of how maternity care is experienced.
AIM: To explore how maternity care identities (midwife, obstetrician, childbearing woman) are shaped by binarised conceptualisations of childbirth.
METHODS: The diffractive analysis of data gathered in collective biography research groups.
FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION: Maternity care identities are not complete, pre-established entities, but rather are, 'in the making', remade in every maternity care encounter.
CONCLUSION: Maternity care identities are defined by their encounters with other maternity care identities, and therefore, each maternity care identity plays a role in which experiences of maternity care come into being.