"We now know that every week of gestation counts in terms of brain and lung development. When there is no good reason to end pregnancy, mothers and babies benefit from waiting for labor to begin on its own," said Carol Sakala, Director of Programs, Childbirth Connection. "Starting labor early can lead to negative outcomes for the woman and/or baby."
I guess the same should also give those thinking of C-sections pause. I am somehow guilty of this because we chose to have a C-section rather than wait for labor to begin (but I was past 40 weeks and my cervix remained closed then). Then again, eventhough it's surgery, I think i'd still rather have a C-section than be induced when my body is not laboring, lightening, dilating on its own. That will save me and my baby stress!