Time, timing and termination of pregnancy

A qualitative analysis of patients' and health professionals’ experiences


One in three women will have a termination of pregnancy (abortion) by the time they are 45. However, these women's voices are often missing from discussion of termination of pregnancy. We need research about their experiences.

Women's stories: This project needs you!

Through confidential interviews, this project is collecting women's stories of their experiences of having a termination. The project is interested in all aspects of women's experiences and seeks to understand what is important to them. As part of this process, it will explore what 'timing' means to women in this situation. For example, does the length of a woman's pregnancy make a difference to her experience of termination?

The interview questions are open-ended because the aim is for you to be able to tell your story in your own words. In general, an interview takes around 40 to 60 minutes but it can be shorter or longer depending on how much or how little you want to say, and how much time you have available.

The interview can take place via phone, or alternatively, the researcher - Dr Sian Beynon-Jones - can travel to meet you in person for a face-to-face interview at a time and place that is convenient. Participation is strictly confidential and you will not be identified.

As a token of appreciation for your time, and to cover any expenses, you will receive £20 cash.

Who can take part?

Any woman aged 18 or over who has had a termination of pregnancy in England.

The project is enormously grateful to all the women who have already taken part in interviews. However, it is still looking for participants and is particularly keen to hear from women who have experienced a termination in the second trimester of pregnancy (about 13 weeks onwards). This is because very little is known about these women's experiences.

How do I take part?

Please read this Participant Information Sheet (MS Word  , 53kb). This explains in detail what taking part would involve.

If you would like to take part, or if you have any questions, then please email Sian at sian.beynon-jones@york.ac.uk or phone her on 01904 323064.

You can also contact Siân directly using this Contact Form.


Grant number: 095720/Z/11/Z

Start date: 01/08/2011

End date: 01/08/2014

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Credit Oliver Burston, Wellcome Images. Image cannot be reproduced without written permission from the Wellcome Trust. Computer graphic depicting the passage of time. Tens of analogue clocks fill an hourglass. Cogs and mathematical formulae appear against a blue background dotted with stars.

Credit: Oliver Burston, Wellcome Images (Time: B0006866 )

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Dr Siân Beynon-Jones

Department of Sociology
Wentworth College
University of York
YO10 5DD


Tel: +44 01904 323064 

Email: sian.beynon-jones@york.ac.uk