A woman in labour was taken 110 miles in an ambulance to Manchester - because there was no bed available in the Midlands.
Debbie Niblett, who was expecting twins, was taken to George Eliot Hospital, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, by her husband Ashley when she went into premature labour.
But due to lack of facilities, staff could not admit her and rang around neighbouring hospitals, only to find the only available bed was in Manchester.
Mrs Niblett, aged 39, who grew up in Yardley, Birmingham and now lives in Coventry, was transported in an ambulance to Ashton-under-Lyme, in Greater Manchester, as an emergency.
Then, because of limited space, she was moved again two days later to Oldham where she finally gave birth by Caesarian operation 31 weeks into the pregnancy.
Mrs Niblett said the problems continued after the birth when health bosses were unable to free up two ambulances to bring newborn twins Aaron and Jacob back to the Midlands.
Instead, Aaron was separated from his mother and twin and transferred the day before they returned.
"I was upset and shocked when they told me there was no space in the Midlands as staff had tried everywhere from Wolverhampton and Birmingham to Northampton," said Mrs Niblett.
"I was in absolute agony and felt very isolated. My husband came to visit despite a five-hour round trip, but he had to stick to visiting hours and go home to check on our other two-year-old son.
"Having a baby is already stress-ful, but what happened was dis-graceful and made it even more stressful."
Mr Niblett, a self-employed decorator, added: "It was devastating to have them so far away as they seemed out of reach."
Mrs Niblett's father Ian Thomson, a retired MEB electrical engineer of Sunnymead Road, Sheldon, has now complained to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.
A spokeswoman for George Eliot Hospital said: "When transferring maternity patients in need of specialist neo-natal care, the department seeks to find the closest facilities available.
"The process involves contacting suitable alternative facilities by closest proximity first."