Average age of 1st-time mothers steadily increasing
With more women choosing to delay motherhood, the average age of first-time mothers in Taiwan has increased steadily from 27.4 in 2004 to 30.5 in 2014, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior.
Of the over 100,000 first-time mothers last year, 57.3 percent were 30 or older, the statistics show.
That represents a significant increase of 29.1 percentage points from 2004, when 28.3 percent of mothers giving birth for the first time were 30 or older, according to the statistics.
Of the 109,235 first-time moth- ers last year, 40.9 percent were aged between 30 and 34; 29.6 percent were between 25 and 29, 14.5 percent were between 35 and 39, and 1.8 percent were aged 40 or more.
Meanwhile, 211,399 babies were born in Taiwan in 2014, an increase of 8.4 percent from the previous year.