We live in a culture where convenience is key and unfortunately some OBGYN's, not all of course, do not practice ethically and are fine with scheduling inductions and c-sections to accommodate patient's schedules, holidays being at least one example. Though it is a good idea to be aware that when it comes to unnecessary birth induction or C-section, hastiness is not the best option. According to The New York State Department of Health (NYSDH) an infant born prior to 39 weeks gestation is in danger of having complications that require a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. Some physical issues may include, breathing problems and low blood sugar. Brain development is also vital during the last few weeks of gestation. The NYSDH states that the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that is divided into four sections and is used for critical thinking, develops most dramatically in the last 5 weeks of gestation. Some children born preterm thrive magnificently, but if we could have any control over the situation it is best that we allow nature to take its full course.
A link to, Why Is 40 Weeks So Important?, The New York State Department of Health:http://www.health.ny.gov/community/pregnancy/why_is_40_weeks_so_important.htm