An independent review of controversial plans to shake-up hospital services across Greater Manchester is being handed into the government.
Rochdale Infirmary is one of the hospital's set to lose its unit
The government ordered the review of proposals to close maternity units in Bury, Rochdale, Salford and Trafford.
The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) also examined plans to downgrade Rochdale's A&E unit and axe emergency surgery at Fairfield Hospital in Bury.
A final decision rests with the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
She will decide whether to accept the panel's recommendations or follow through with the two separate modernisation plans - dubbed Making It Better and Healthy Futures.
Members of the IRP have visited all of the hospitals affected by the proposals to talk to staff and management about the changes.
They have also invited feedback from patients and members of the public.
NHS bosses in Greater Manchester decided to go ahead with the shake-up of maternity and children's services despite thousands of objections.
Three super units to treat premature babies and eight centres of excellence for maternity and children's services were proposed.
But this meant the closure of existing maternity units at some hospitals, leading to local protests supported by government ministers Hazel Blears (Salford MP) and Ivan Lewis (Bury MP).
Healthy Futures - the re-organisation of hospital services in north Manchester - was also approved by primary care trusts despite local opposition.
Following the opposition, the government announced the independent review in February.
Ms Hewitt's decision is not expected to be made public for a number of weeks.