Maternity units in Harwich and Clacton, closed at the start of the year because of staff shortages, are to be re-opened - but in a reduced capacity.
The Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust say the units will open on an 'on-demand' basis, meaning mothers will be able to phone midwives when they go into labour and meet the midwife at the unit.
More top news
Ice hockey rivals from Peterborough and Milton Keynes prepare for their local derby match with an unusual challenge away from the rink.
Today will be mostly cloudy and mild with occasional rain, more persistent overnight
Ipswich eye top spot in the Championship, Norwich seek a return to form... and a new stand opens at Peterborough