A HOME birth program with hospital back-up has been ruled safe by an internal evaluation.
Demand for the Casey Home Birth program has shot up since its launch, with up to five pregnant women booking in every month.
Just 12 women gave birth at home through the program in 2010 - 0.8 per cent of all births at the hospital.
"I know we are only talking about 12 women, but we have more than doubled the national average in our first year of operation," midwife and project manager Colleen White said.
Home births usually make up about 0.2 per cent of all births.
A total of 43 women were interested in the pilot, but only 26 were eligible.
Most women were excluded because they lived more than 30 minutes from the hospital.
Seven women changed their minds and 12 women were transferred out of the program before labour.
Women who took part praised the service as "peaceful, safe and empowering" and said they felt "safe and in control".
In total, 28 women have given birth at home through Casey Hospital.