“The couple had been counting down the days until the birth of their baby, posting images on social media of Ms. Sheppard's growing baby bump and writing how they were now ‘now just waiting’ for their ‘almost bubba.’”
What should have been a couple’s happiest day immediately soured when, during a routine procedure at the hospital, complications occurred that cost a mother her life.
Amanda Sheppard from Central Queensland was looking forward to the day she was to give birth to her and partner Glynn‘s baby.
“The couple had been counting down the days until the birth of their baby, posting images on social media of Ms. Sheppard’s growing baby bump and writing how they were now ‘now just waiting’ for their ‘almost bubba,’” said a Scary Mommy report.
So when the day finally arrived, the couple rushed to the hospital where Amanda underwent a routine C-Section.
But during the operation, complications arose and Amanda died; her death was caused by a suspected embolism.
“This day was supposed to be one of the best & happiest days of their lives & instead Amanda is leaving her beloved husband Glynn & brand new baby girl behind,” read their Go Fund Me page. “She has now left her beloved husband & brand new baby girl behind!”
Luckily, Amanda has given birth to a healthy baby girl named Willa and she is being cared for by a doting father.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2006–2010 in Australia, there were 99 maternal deaths that occurred within 42 days of the end of pregnancy.
The leading causes of direct maternal deaths were amniotic fluid embolism (9), thromboembolism (8), obstetric haemorrhage (7) and eclampsia (6), and, when combined, accounted for more than three-quarters of all direct maternal deaths
15 deaths were due to cardiac disease, the leading cause of indirect maternal death.
13 deaths were due to psychosocial causes, including 9 due to suicide.
Five non-obstetric haemorrhage deaths resulted from rupture of a splenic artery aneurysm.
There were three deaths due to ectopic pregnancy in 2006–2010.
Seven pregnant women died in motor vehicle accidents.
Three women died from epilepsy.
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