MUMS have spoken of their fury after hospital bosses closed the doors of Harwich Maternity Unit.
They turned out in force on Wednesday morning to protest against the closure.
Mum-of-six Helen Gardner, of Grange Road, Dovercourt, said people had come to expect the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust to make "stupid" decisions.
She said: “It is terrible – what is the trust doing? Why don’t they just employ more midwives?"
She added: “Sadly we have come to expect this trust to make stupid, stupid decisions.”