Tributes for beaming Melbourne mum who died during childbirth | 7NEWS.com.au

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Just weeks ago, beaming expectant mum Rebecca Sargeant spoke of the future she planned to share with her fiance Dale Foster and their growing family.

With their toddler son, a little girl on the way and four step-children, Ms Sargeant couldn’t have been happier.

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“I simply adore the both of you,” she said told him in an online post. “You are the best father to our babies.

“I love you so much and can’t wait to continue our journey of love, happiness and family.”

Died in childbirth

But in an unthinkable tragedy, the young mother died giving birth to their daughter Peyton last week.

The baby also died.

The community of Chelsea, southeast of Melbourne, has rallied around her partner and extended family as they try to come to terms with the tragic loss.

It’s understood Ms Sargeant was admitted to hospital last Wednesday.

She was placed into an induced coma as a result of complications and died on Friday.

Friend Liz Jowett told 7news.com.au Ms Sargeant’s death was hard to comprehend.

“Bec put her family first in every single situation,” Ms Jowett said.

“She always wanted to help everybody. She was thoughtful and considerate.

“She would often tell me we had met for a reason. She was a great support.”

Ms Jowett said the circumstances of the tragedy had shocked young mothers at the Chelsea kindergarten when the pair both served on the board of management.

“Everybody is just shocked and devastated that this could even happen,” she said.

“We are really feeling for those other mums currently pregnant – something like this is very confronting.”

Ms Sargeant had been looking forward to getting married, Ms Jowett said.

Her partner had proposed when they discovered they were pregnant with their second child.

Mr Foster had four children to previous relationships and Ms Jowett said her friend had also embraced being a step-mother.

Fund raising

Thousands of dollars have been raised after her aunt Julia Bleeker set up a GoFundMe page.

“Dale will now become sole parent to Jax and give up work to take care of their son who is 15 months old,” Ms Bleeker said.

“We would love any support you could possibly give to help Dale.

“This is going to be a very hard journey for Dale and little Jax and any support would be truly appreciated.”

The kindergarten has also appealed for donations via its Facebook page.

“Bec was a supremely kind, caring and giving person. She was one of the strongest people there is, battling problems throughout her pregnancy that would break the best of us, whilst dealing with personal torments from her past,” it said.

“But she remained strong, and so thrilled to be meeting her baby girl soon.”

The funeral service for the mother and daughter will be held next week.

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