Pollution and childbirth in Taiwan
In 2018, the average age of giving birth was 32.03 years old. The average age of the mother giving birth to her first born was 30.90 years old, and among them, 30.12% were over 35 years old.
In 2018, some 180,000 babies were born. Of them, 11.65% were born with birth weight under 2500 grams and by mothers older than 35 years old. Their fetal death rate was 1.56%.
In 2017, 70% of all requests for artificial insemination were by women over 35 years old, and 32% of test tube babies in Taiwan are born with birth weight lower than 2500 grams.
In 2017, infantile deaths in Kaohsiung city was 4.3 per 1,000 babies born, and in New Taipei City, it was 2.8 per 1,000 babies born.
It is suspected that air pollution may be a contributing factor causing premature births, infantile deaths and low birth weight of newborns.