Rural hospitals are closing maternity wards. People are seeking options to give birth closer to home
Posted: September 18, 2023 - 2:30am

Alisha Alderson who is due to give birth in September, sits in the living room of her house in Baker City, Ore., on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023. Because of the closing of Baker City's only obstetrical unit, the Anderson family is traveling to the Boise, Idaho area, a little over 100 miles away, to give birth. Alisha will be spending time with family in Kuna, Idaho for 3 weeks until she gives birth or is induced the third week of September. (AP Photo/Kyle Green)

Alisha Alderson placed her folded clothes and everything she needed for the last month of her pregnancy in various suitcases. She never imagined...