The New York Times did not print this letter from my mother, so as the second most trusted news source in the city, I shall:
To the Editor:
As a pregnant woman expecting your fifth child, boarding a plane at 36 weeks gestation knowing that your amniotic fluid is leaking means that you are willing to take the chance that you will give birth to a preterm baby - in this case one with special needs - either on the plane or in an airport. At best this is poor judgment, at worst reckless endangerment. I can't imagine any obstetrician or midwife signing off on this.
Ellen Chuse is a Certified Childbirth Educator and serves on the Board of the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York.