the pregnancy police come and get you and take you to the hospital and make you submit to the induction.
(my doula uses that analogy and I think it's funny - slightly disturbing, but funny)
You are smart to avoid induction simply b/c of the date. you're not late till 42w anyway. Women who are induced are 50% more likely to end up with a c/s. (just a nice little detail my first ob didn't bother to tell me.)
I would not answer the dr about this at this time as the PP is correct that they can drop you from care. At 41w however, it's too late for them to drop you, however, you can fire your dr at any time - including while in labor. I would keep looking for another practice. You may have luck searching through your local ICAN chapter for someone that's more natural birth/less intervention friendly
If you do not want induction then do not
do the following w/o serious consideration of the risks:
- late term u/s to est. size (these can be up to 2# off in either direction); inductions or c/s for suspected fetal macrosomnia are against ACOG guidelines.
- allow any cervix checks before 40w;
- no membrane stripping during checks- if you think dr will want to strip membranes w/o your consent then refuse the check; You can also make it clear when you get your gbs test that you do not consent to a cervix check (there's no reason for it anyway other than your pants are off, so why not?);
- show up when it's scheduled. It's a little passive aggressive, but then so is manipulating and bullying a mother into an unnecessary induction.
DO consider having NST to determine baby's condition, optimal fetal positioning (spinningbabies.com), chiropractic and maybe acupuncture.
If you have a really good bishop's score (which requires a cervix check to determine), say above 6 or 7 or so, then induction might be warranted if the baby is in some distress. with the score at least that high there is a good chance of successful vaginal birth. If they are telling you that you need an induction NOW, and are not picking up the phone to call an ambulance then you have time to think it over. Ask about foley catheter induction rather than pit, and low level management of pit v. active management of labor. (I've had both and the low level with a good bishop's score resulted in my successful VBA2C.) If they mention cytotec, RUN - do not walk - out the door. (there's recent threads on MDC about it. )
good luck and go with your gut!!