I have just turned 40, pregnant with my first baby. I am in BC, Canada, and my OB is telling me that "new research out of BC Women's Hospital" is indicating that there are risks involved with letting women of my age go past their due date. She is telling us that she will begin to induce at 38-39 weeks, by sweeping the membranes if the cervix isn't ripe yet, and then the usual IV interventions if that doesn't work. This all seemed fine until I attended a Lamaze birthing class and found out all that you say on this site about induction. I plan to talk with my OB about this, but it may be hard to convince her and I want to know if you've heard of this "new research" and if you're aware of what risks she might be talking about for women my age. Specifically, I want to be able to distinguish between induction for precautionary reasons and induction for medically necessary reasons, because when she first presented this to us, it sounded like she was saying it was medically necessary - at least she didn't present it like she was asking us.