I was just wondering how many of you have been told you have to have an induction because of your age? I'm 42 and have been told that this time I have to be induced as the risks are higher for someone over 40. I also have gestational diabetes but have been told it's so well controlled that the risk of shoulder dystocia (and the baby getting stuck on the way out) is really low. The registrar saw me last week and booked me in for an induction at 2 days before my due date and I really had to argue the toss with him that I didn't want an induction at 39 weeks, he was trying his best to play on my conscience I think. I've spoken to people I know who are older than me who say that they haven't had this issue. I wondered if it's standard practice to induce at or before term if you are over 40 and who else has/had not had this issue? I would much rather have a natural birth if at all possible, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that LO arrives on her own before 39+5 (induction date).