In the case of my niece, the doctor tried to induce labor because he was going out of town the next week when her actual due date occurred. He induced her almost a week and a half early. She was in the inducing stage for a really long time, with no progress. Caroline was just not ready to be born yet, and it was a horrible and frustrating situation for Chris and Emily (the parents). They were finally sent home, exhausted and angry. This was their first birth, and they trusted their doctor's advice, which put them into this situation. Caroline was born a week or so later, when she was ready. Chris told me that the whole thing made them want to consider a non-hospital birth should they have another child.
To me, the whole idea of scheduling a birth that isn't medically necessary is just another example our need to make every thing convenient. I know scheduling a c-section can be really important for a lot of moms who have legitimate medical reasons, and this has nothing to do with them. I just don't get the decisions of doctors who know that full term birth is the best possible option for babies. Why would they want to put a mom and baby at risk for their own convenience when they know better? I don't know where I'm going with this at all, I was just shocked by the article.
What are your thoughts on the issue?