I have to wonder about stats on delivering big babies. This last summer one of my good friends delivered a 9lb10oz baby girl vaginally with no problems... and although she (the mother) is obese she is also only like 5'2", not necessarily with giant bone structure. And I've heard loads of stories... from my doula and other places... of 10 and even 11 lbs babies being delivered without even tearing! So, I don't know... I'm not saying inductions are ALWAYS bad, but, I wonder how often "big baby" really IS a medical reason to induce- especially when ultrasounds are so notoriously wrong for guessing baby's weight.
Mara & Joel, 2009
Along the big-baby lines, I think that if OB's allowed the mother to push the baby out not laying flat on her back (I've read going on your hands and knees opens up your pelvis to allow bigger babies to pass through), some of those bigger babies would make it out a little better, and they wouldn't really need to induce so early.
My OB offers induction, for no reason, starting at 39 weeks, and I really don't understand why. It sucks when they offer it at that point, because most women are SO ready to be done... I even entertained the thought for a few seconds during a weak moment when she offered it! Anyways... I try not to judge those who choose to induce for whatever reason... I just wish they would respect my decisions not to (that mostly goes toward people IRL).
DS Jaxon born 10/18/06 ** DS Wesley born 3/22/09 ** DS Henry born 6/11/12 ** 4 angels in heaven