Hi ladies, I just had a thought from reading all your posts, almost everyone coming to term is discussing sweeps, inductions etc. It seems far more common than baby just arriving when it wants, naturally, but I realise this isn't a cross-section of all births. It just seems heavily weighted to needing assistance. What's made this such a standard practice? Also, do you have to have them? Can you decline and let nature take its course? Is that just too dangerous now to wait too long? I'm naive, I haven't been through it and I know you'll probably tell me I'll be begging for any help to get labour to begin!