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. 

Through confidential interviews, this project has been collecting women's stories of their experiences of having a termination. It has also been exploring the experiences of health professionals who work in this area of reproductive healthcare. While the research addresses all aspects of participants' experiences, it focusses particularly on what 'timing' means to women who have had a termination of pregnancy, and to those who provide this service.

The project is enormously grateful to all the women and health professionals who have given their time to take part in interviews. Data collection took longer than anticipated, but it is now complete and the analysis of the findings is underway. When the project report is complete, a summary will be included on this website.  


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


Grant number: 095720/Z/11/Z

Start date: 01/08/2011

End date: 31/01/2015

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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