Tearful midwives said they found out they were losing their jobs at Darley Birth Centre on Facebook.
Staff were told the Darley Dale unit would be closing on Thursday morning but by then most had found out on Facebook or in the Mercury.
The decision was made at the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Cluster Board meeting on Wednesday, December 7.
Midwives and nurses spoke anonymously to the Mercury about the news – which will see the centre close on 1 July 2012.
One said: “I’m very, very upset by what has occurred. We’ve not had a lot of input in to what has gone on. It is going to be a big loss to the community.
“It is the end of an era for births within the Derbyshire Dales. There won’t be local births unless women opt for a home birth. Women won’t have that choice any more, which is against government advice.”
For more on this story see the Mercury on Thursday.