A MOTHER who fought plans to move childbirth services to Halifax six years ago said today she was disgusted that the threat had arisen again.
Linda Mosley, 49, was among hundreds of campaigners who managed to halt proposals to shift maternity and special care baby services from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1999.
The mother-of-three - who suffered complicated births and lost 12 babies in pregnancy - said: "I thought we had fought it and won, but obviously not.
"It is disgusting that we are having to do it again.
"We campaigned for months."
Linda, of Roundway, Honley, said her son Gavin - now 13 - had to be delivered in just seven minutes after he stopped moving in the womb.
She said: "Luckily I was already in hospital when they discovered he wasn't moving.
"I was given an emergency Caesarean section and he was rushed to special baby care.
"If we had had to travel to Halifax he wouldn't be here today."
Gavin was born 10 weeks prematurely and weighed 5lb 1oz.
His lungs had collapsed and he spent the first five weeks of his life in the special care baby unit at HRI.
Linda - who also had to stay in hospital for a total of 22 weeks - said: "My husband visited me with the other children every day.
"If I had been in Halifax he wouldn't have been able to do that. It is such a long way.
"Being in hospital is stressful enough, without not being able to see your family."
Linda called on health chiefs to withdraw the proposals, which include leaving mums-to-be with a midwife-led unit only in Huddersfield and transferring those needing consultant care to the Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Under the changes, all special care baby cots will also be moved to Halifax.
Linda added: "We have a big town. Why can't babies be born in Huddersfield?"