QUEANBEYAN District Hospital is experiencing a baby boom, delivering an extra 36 babies in the past 12 months than the year before.
The maternity unit recorded 390 births in the 2011/12 financial year and 426 births over the same period in 2012/13.
Health service manager Kim Bradshaw said the number of births at the hospital had "grown significantly" over the past four years.
Mrs Bradshaw couldn't pinpoint a specific reason for the hospital's popularity but did say it had a good reputation among local mothers.
"The main thing, from what mothers have been telling us, is they've heard by word of mouth that the unit at Queanbeyan Hospital is very professional, very friendly and the staff are very caring," she said.
"We do get a lot of mums that come back after their experience and deliver their other children here. They've enjoyed the midwifery nurses, feel it's a competent unit with the care they've received from the GP and obstetricians. We get a lot of 'thank yous' and compliments."
While Queanbeyan District Hospital is the obvious choice for local mothers and those in nearby regional towns, many couples from Canberra are electing to travel across the border to take advantage of services.
Canberra parents accounted for 22 per cent of the births in 2011/2012 with a slight drop in 2012/13 to 17 pc.
Mrs Bradshaw said feedback from Canberra mothers indicated the hospital's reputation for its staff and facilities were the main reasons they chose to deliver at Queanbeyan District Hospital.
She attributed the decrease in Canberra mums in the past 12 months to the opening of the new Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in August 2012.
Queanbeyan maternity unit is a low acuity ward dealing with low-risk pregnancies, and the average stay for a new mother is between two and four days. It has three birthing suites, seven postnatal beds and about 20 full and part-time staff.
Mrs Bradshaw acknowledged with increased birth numbers comes extra pressure on staff and resources.
"Numbers do fluctuate but when there's an increase demand on our nursing staff we ask our part-time staff to come in and do more hours," she said.
"If we're at capacity we speak with Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital or if the couple has private health insurance the private providers and we negotiate admission into the most appropriate place."
There is currently no need for further staff but Mrs Bradshaw said they would re-examine this in the future.
"There will be as the population increases and with the completion of Googong," she said.
"We therefore take into considering the birthing numbers, midwife number and adjust up accordingly."