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A birth mum gives life, but it's the adoptive mum who puts the plasters on grazed knees.

It won't feel right if the birth parent shows too much affection.

Brought up by full-time mum Wendy, 65, and Patrick, 66, a company director, she lived in a spacious five-bedroom house in Bristol and had a comfortable and happy upbringing.

"I went to a wonderful all-girls school," says Sophie.

But I was still stunned when she rang." Stunned, but not entirely thrilled.