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Shock after young Melbourne mum dies during childbirth

A community is mourning the death of a mum who died in childbirth.

Rebecca Sargeant, of Chelsea in Melbourne’s bayside, was due to give birth to a little girl named Peyton when she died between July 19 and 20.

The president of the kindergarten where Ms Sargeant volunteered as vice-president said she left behind a 15-month-old son and a partner.

Liz Jowett said the young mum was “passionate about our kindergarten and all the families”.

“Apart from the fantastic work as a volunteer on our Committee of Management, in her personal life Bec was a proud mum to her 15-month-old Jax,” Ms Jowett wrote on Facebook.

“Bec was a supremely kind, caring and giving person.”

Bec Sargeant pictured with her fiance Dale Foster. Ms Sargeant died in childbirth recently. She also lost her daughter Peyton.
Bec Sargeant with her fiance Dale Foster. The Melbourne mum died in childbirth recently. Source: Facebook/ Bec Sargeant

The president added that the young mum had been “excited to get married to the love of her life fiancé Dale Foster” and was “over the moon” about becoming a mum again — this time to a little girl she had named Peyton.

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

Ms Sargeant also lost her baby daughter during the birth.

“This is devastating for her family and friends, it has left the community in shock and disbelief,” Ms Jowett wrote.

Bec Sargent pictured with fiance Dale Foster and a baby. Ms Sargent, of Melbourne, died in childbirth recently and also lost her baby.
Bec Sargeant pictured with her fiance Dale Foster. Source: GoFundMe

The kindergarten is asking the community for donations of food, nappies and other household supplies for Mr Foster and the family.

A GoFundMe page has also been created to offer monetary support to Mr Foster and his children.

There was an outpouring of grief after news of Ms Sargent’s death.

“This is heartbreaking, my thoughts are with Bec’s family and friends,” one woman wrote.

Others added the news was “incredibly sad” and “devastating”.

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