Taiwan welcomes newborns on National Day

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Photo courtesy of Taipei City Hospital

Photo courtesy of Taipei City Hospital

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Many newborns were delivered at hospitals across Taipei, capital city of the Republic of China (Taiwan), on Wednesday as the country celebrated its 107th birthday.

They included a baby girl, born at the Heping Fuyou branch of Taipei City Hospital one minute after midnight and "very likely" the first National Day baby this year, the municipal hospital said in a statement.

The baby girl, who weighed 3.14kg and was 50cm in length, was her parent's first child, the hospital said.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, one other mother was expected to give birth that day, the hospital added.

Meanwhile, Cathay General Hospital said 10 babies -- five boys and five girls -- were born at its Taipei, Xizhi and Hsinchu branches on Wednesday, three through Caesarean sections.

A further seven mothers are expected to go into labor soon, according to the hospital.

Cathay General Hospital gynecology and obstetrics physician Chen Li-chin (陳俐瑾) told CNA by telephone that more newborns were delivered on National Day this year than last year.

Some expectant mothers so wanted their babies to be born on National day that they asked for C-Sections, because it's easy to remember as a birthday and also a national holiday, Chen said.

In Taipei, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital welcomed three National Day babies, with three more to come; Cheng Hsin General Hospital had one newborn with four more expected; and Taiwan Adventist Hospital has seven expectant mothers waiting to give birth.

Despite the apparent increase in National Day births this year Taiwan's fertility dropped to 1.13 children per woman of child-bearing age in 2017, the third-lowest in the world, above only Macao and Singapore, according to government data.

(By Chen Yen-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)

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