Heini Väisänen

Heini Väisänen
Institut national d'études démographiques | INED · Sexual and reproductive health and rights

PhD in Demography, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Introduction
Research Interests: Reproductive health with emphasis on induced abortions and unintended pregnancies within the life course framework. Longitudinal and multilevel modelling and other quantitative research methods.
Additional affiliations
December 2020 - December 2020
Institut national d'études démographiques
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Research in demography, specialising in sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Topics include, for instance, abortion, unintended pregnancy, miscarriage and SRH over the life course.
October 2015 - December 2020
University of Southampton
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Full-time lecturer Oct 2015-Dec 2020; Part-time lecturer since Jan 2021. Research in demography specialising in sexual and reproductive health. Teaching population and reproductive health, applied quantitative methods. MSc programme lead 2017-2020. Co-Director of Programmes 2019-2020.
October 2012 - August 2015
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Position
  • Teaching and research assistant
Description
  • Teaching: quantitative methods, demographic methods. Research: Well-being of older English adults with Emily Grundy and Sanna Read. Other: coordinator of an e-conference on abortion in 2015.

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Publications (22)
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This paper explores whether the likelihood of abortion by education changed over time in Finland, where comprehensive family planning services and sexuality education have been available since the early 1970s. This subject has not previously been studied longitudinally with comprehensive and reliable data. A unique longitudinal set of register data...
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Background: People make fertility decisions within the wider context of their lives. Previous studies have shown that there are factors that drive both relationship transitions and childbearing decisions. However, there is a lack of research on whether these factors also drive abortion decisions and decisions to end a romantic relationship, and whe...
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Background: Women’s contraceptive choices may change after an induced abortion, due to contraceptive counselling or a behavioural change prompted by the experience. The effect may vary between women; sociocultural background, for example, may affect their subsequent reproductive choices. Objective: We examined whether women’s current contraceptive...
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Little is known about the link between health literacy and women’s ability to safely and successfully use misoprostol to self-induce an abortion. While abortion is only allowed to save a woman’s life in Nigeria, misoprostol is widely available from drug sellers. We interviewed 394 women in 2018 in Lagos State, Nigeria, who induced an abortion using...
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Around 40% of pregnancies worldwide are unintended and a half of those terminated. Yet, few international comparisons of unintended pregnancy resolution (choosing birth or abortion) exist. The study analysed how parous women’s pregnancy intentions and abortion decisions are associated with their reproductive histories and country contexts using 12...
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Objectives This study aimed to assess the safety and effectiveness of self-managed misoprostol abortions obtained outside of the formal health system in Lagos State, Nigeria. Design This was a prospective cohort study among women using misoprostol-containing medications purchased from drug sellers. Three telephone-administered surveys were conduct...
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We examined pathways between indicators of fertility tempo and quantum and depressive symptoms among older parents with at least two children using three waves of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Using standard regression approaches and path analysis within the structural equation framework, we additionally investigated whether fertility t...
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b>Aims Understanding the differences in reproductive health behaviours between native and migrant populations helps provide good reproductive health services. We investigate the differences in induced abortion rates, pregnancy histories, and use of contraceptives between native and migrant populations in Finland. Methods The Finnish Register on...
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Teen mothers often have lower socioeconomic position as adults than other women due to selection, opportunity costs of childbearing, or both. Few studies examine whether that is the case after an induced abortion as well. Also, few studies explore, whether the strength of the association between teen pregnancy and adulthood socioeconomic position d...
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The proportion of repeat abortions among all abortions has increased over the last decades in Finland. This study examined the association of education with the likelihood of repeat abortion, and the change in this association over time using reliable longitudinal data. A unique set of register data from three birth cohorts were followed from age 2...
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The proportion of repeat abortions among all abortions has increased over the last decades in Finland. Few studies have examined how education is associated with the likelihood of repeat abortion and whether the association has changed over time using reliable longitudinal data, although it may help create interventions aimed at avoiding repeat uni...
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Induced abortion is an understudied topic in part because of a lack of reliable data due to underreporting of abortion in surveys. The debate about whether teen pregnancies push women into socioeconomic disadvantage would benefit from longer follow-up periods and reliable data. This thesis studies which socio-demographic characteristics are associa...
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There is a lack of research examining changes in women’s fertility attitudes over relatively short periods of time. The aim of this study was to determine whether and how women’s attempts to get pregnant and their desire to avoid pregnancy changed over six months’ time as well as which characteristics and circumstances were associated with these ch...
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There is a lack of studies on the association between labour force participation and abortion. This study examined how the likelihood of having an abortion depends on being employed, unemployed, student or outside the workforce using Finnish register data from three birth cohorts (born in 1955-59, 1965-69 and 1975-79) of nearly 260,000 women. The r...
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ContextTeenagers of low socioeconomic status are more likely to get pregnant, and less likely to choose abortion, than more privileged teenagers. Few studies have used longitudinal data to examine whether these differences persist as overall teenage pregnancy rates decline.Methods Nationally representative register data from 259,242 Finnish women i...
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Recent studies have linked personality with family formation and having children. We studied whether personality traits are differentially associated with planned versus non-planned pregnancies. The participants were 8336 men and women from the 1958 British birth cohort study, with personality assessed in adulthood using the Five Factor Model. Plan...
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Childbearing in low-fertility societies some times results from a strong desire to have a(nother) child. Since women tend to dominate discussions on ‘baby longing’ or ‘baby fever’, it is not clear whether men also feel the powerful urge to have a child. Moreover, the demographic importance of baby longing has yet to be assessed. Using cross-section...
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Childbearing in low-fertility societies sometimes results from a strong desire to have a(nother) child. Since women tend to dominate discussions on 'baby longing' or 'baby fever', it is not clear whether men also feel the powerful urge to have a child. Moreover, the demographic importance of baby longing has yet to be assessed. Using cross-sectiona...
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The article explores the determinants of fertility behaviour after an induced abortion in Finland. The purpose of the study is to determine whether there are socio-demographic factors associated with the risk of having repeat abortions. The data were collected from the Registry of Induced Abortions and from the Medical Birth Registry in 2000-200...
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This study focuses on enabling knowledge sharing in a context of a large capital city, Helsinki. The theoretical discussion draws from understandings on the concept of knowledge followed by elaboration of concept of communities and more specificity knowledge activist. The paper reports a large survey conducted among all people employed by city of H...
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Suomessa tehdään vuosittain noin 10 000 aborttia. Abortinjälkeistä hedelmällisyyttä on suomalaisessa tutkimuksessa tarkasteltu melko vähän etenkin yhteiskuntatieteellisesti, vaikka abortti koskettaa tuhansia naisia vuosittain. Tutkielmani tavoitteena on selvittää, millaista on abortinjälkeinen hedelmällisyyskäyttäytyminen, eli ketkä päätyvät uuteen...

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To understand how those living in restrictive settings use misoprostol to induce abortions. A collaboration in a Guttmacher Institute led project.