Research by experts have indicated that the chances of still born birth and new born death could be reduced if women could give birth on their due dates.
Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene.
New research suggests bringing forward induction to 40weeks gestation maybe a safer option for mothers and babies.
The study in PLOS medicine, included first time mothers aged 35 and over. This is also a group that generally has a higher risk of birth complications although the absolute risk from individual woman and her baby is still small, says experts.