Legacy Mount Hood

Legacy Mount Hood is closing its birthing center.

As Oregon health officials threaten sanctions against Legacy Mount Hood at the eleventh hour over the planned closure of the birth center, pregnant patients are being diverted to other hospitals.

Despite questions and concerns via the Oregon Health Authority, which must give approval on a waiver to officially see the Family Birth Center closed, the long-stated Friday, March 17 shuttering has effectively held.

Christopher Keizur is a reporter based in Gresham, Ore.