A woman thought to be the last to give birth maternity unit in Clacton fears halting births there puts some expectant mothers at risk.
Katy Griggs's daughter Darcy was born just two days before the unit closed, along with one in Harwich, because of a shortage of midwives.
Health chiefs say the closure is temporary and they'll review the decision in June.
Darcy arrived two days earlier than expected; any later and her mother Katy Griggs would've had to give birth at Colchester General Hospital.
Katy said: "Because she arrived quite quickly I don't think we would've made it to Colchester, I think she'd had been born in the car so it was good we had Clacton available to us to get to reasonably quickly."
The maternity units at Clacton and Harwich have been closed until at least June because of a shortage of midwives.
Katy Griggs, who also has two sons and has given birth twice at Clacton's maternity unit and once at Colchester Hospital, says the care is more personal and attentive in Clacton.
She said: "The midwives at Colchester are all very nice but they are very busy so they just don't have the time like the Clacton midwives to spend with you during and after labour. Especially if you're breastfeeding you do need a lot of support and at Colchester the midwives unfortunately just don't have the time to be able to give you that support."
Katy worries that expectant mothers who have quick labours like hers won't make it safely to Colchester.
She hopes the closure of the maternity unit in Clacton is only a temporary one and that she won't be among the last to give birth there.