TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Women in Taiwan are waiting longer to have their first child, as the average age of first time mothers has risen to new heights, according to the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) figures.
The latest figures revealed a total of 207,600 babies were born in Taiwan in 2016, down from 5,493 of the previous year, or a 2.6 percent decrease, while the average age of first-time mothers increased by 2.2 years over the past ten years to 30.7.
In 2016, Taiwanese women aged between 30 and 34 gave birth to more babies than any other age groups, with 39.85 percent of the total annual births that year were to women in this age group, while 23.51 percent of births were to mothers aged between 25 and 29, and 23.25 percent were to women aged between 35 and 39.
The figures showed the average age of mothers at first birth in 2016 increased 0.16 years to 30.7 from the previous year, while 58.3 percent of the first-time mothers were aged 30 or over, representing a 21.3 percent increase from the 2007 figures.
Meanwhile, the rate of births is the highest in New Taipei City, with 34,148 births recorded last year, while Taipei City came in second with 27,785 births, and Taichung City came in third to have 25,653 births.