The Health Secretary has ordered the first step in a top-level review of plans to end consultant-led maternity services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
The proposals sparked protests when they were put forward last year.
The NHS says that the changes are down to safety.
If the plans were to go ahead, some mothers would then face a journey to Middlesbrough.
Jeremy Hunt has now asked an independent panel to report back to him next month, as to whether there should be a full review.
More top news
The youngster's family say they're heartbroken as new scans show his treatment options are limited
The Frenchman had been expected to sign for Sunderland in January but the club say the player will now move elsewhere.
The Great North Snowdogs are ready to head to their new homes after being auctioned off for St. Oswald's hospice.