I know many OB providers are truly awful when it comes to pushing inductions, but believe me, there are plenty of pregnant mamas pushing, too (no pun intended.) It's to the point that I almost dread doing prenatal visits for some of my patients in the last month. I've heard every reason under the sun for why someone just has to be induced. Most recently, a woman pregnant with her 3rd child asked me to induce her at 36 weeks so she and her family could go to Disney World when she should be 38 weeks. I kid you not. I sat there with my mouth hanging open so long, she thought I was actually considering it.
I had one dad call me day and night, and eventually park himself and his wife in the hospital and refuse to leave. They needed the baby out NOW because he's a truck driver. (
I spend many of these last month visits warning about the dangers of induction, talking up how wonderful it is that baby is still cooking (at like the ripe old gestation of 37 weeks) and talking about how much easier natual labor is. I tell moms how induction with an unripe cervix means at least a 50% chance of cesarean. And moms still drive me nuts begging for induction. I must say "but you aren't even due for a week yet" several times a month!
I'm thinking about telling everybody they're due 2 weeks later than they actually are. I actually do suggest to moms that they tell their families that their "due date" is 2 weeks later than it actually is.
When I was pregnant with #3 my family doc explained apologetically when I was 41 weeks that due to hospital policy, he couldn't schedule an induction unless something was wrong until 42 weeks. I was thrilled not to have to argue about it. I had a beautiful delivery at 41 wks 2 days, with a lovely slow, gentle labor.