1) Some babies are full term at 37 weeks, some are not, even when the dates are 100%.
2) Inductions cause complications to both the baby and mother, they also lead to more interventions more often than not. More interventions means more chance of harm. If you have no medical need why take the risk.
3) Some old wives tales for starting labour truly are VERY unsafe.
I always warn against inductions, even for postdates(note I said post dates, not post term -- if your doctor doesn't know the difference FIRE THEM) babies. Because the risk is not worth the reward in my opinion. Also because our society is so "NOW NOW NOW" about childbirth I feel I must offer the counter-view just to help balance the world.
But I try to be respectful, however sometimes I do kind of loose it and get sarcastic. Though it is sarcastic in proper English that also has footnotes.
However I have no problems with bad reviews when I get sarcastic.
Women have given up all their power and it makes me very sad. We need to take back birth! Back into the hands of women where it belongs!
[Also hang out in mommy groups with kids under a year and I bet if you really study the kids after awhile you will be able to pic out all the ones that were born weighing less than 6lbs, even the full term babies that were born small for gestational age]