Age of Taiwanese mothers giving birth to their first child
In 1989, the average age of Taiwanese mothers giving birth to their first child was 25.2 years old. In 2012, it was 30.41 years old.
Between 1998 and 2010, the number of epileptic children born on Taiwan increased by 40%.
An Asian Pacific conference on mothers and pregnancy began on November 28, 2015, in Taipei. Stefan Verlohren of Charite University Medicine Berlin, Obstetrics Department, talked about a new blood test at 20 weeks into pregnancy for abnormalities of the fetus and how to detect the risk of giving birth to epileptic offspring. Tests are usually done at 9 to 14 weeks into a pregnancy to test for pre-epileptic risk factors in the mother and the fetus. Some say that a shortage of blood flow to the fetus during pregnancy and oxygen starvation in the fetus are often causes of epileptic offspring.
Taiwan now has 60,000 pregnant older mothers.