The heartbroken family of a mum who died during childbirth have spoken out about their loss.

The heartbreaking story of a Queensland mum who died after suffering complications from a caesarean section while delivering her first child broke our hearts yesterday.

Amanda Sheppard’s family say the Rockhampton mum-to-be was in an “extremely happy place” as she prepared for her first child’s birth.

They said her death had “completely shocked and devastated our family’’.

Amanda tragically passed away on Monday from complications relating to a caesarean section while giving birth to her first child at Rockhampton Base Hospital in Queensland.

Her baby girl, Willa, is in a stable condition and due to return home with Mr Sheppard later this week.

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“While mourning the loss of our dearest Amanda, the focus at this time is on ensuring Willa’s safe transition from hospital to home later in the week,’’ they told The Courier Mail.

“Her caring and loving personality led her to become a very special person in all who knew her, and particularly her sisters, nieces, and nephews who she devoted special attention to.

“Our country girl at heart with a love of all music and a passion for cooking, would always arrive with something special that everyone would enjoy.”

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A GoFundMe page was set up by a close family friend and has raised over $20,000.

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  • How heartbreaking for this family. May they teach young Willa what a wonderful women her Mother was and is. May her family be granted peace in their hearts and minds.


  • Wishing them all the best with their challenges ahead. RIP Amanda x


  • So, so awful, just terrible news.


  • Sympathy to the family, a devastating tragedy.


  • i can’t imagine how hard this must be for the family and friends i wish willa an amazing life and all the very best to her daddy who this must be such a difficult time.


  • My sincere condolences to the husband and family.


  • So tragic but what a beautiful little girl.
    Such a hard thing to deal with for all involved but they do have a beautiful new life to shower with love and in time to teach all about her Mother that im sure will be loving her from heaven.


  • So sad, thoughts and prayers to all the family.


  • Heartbreaking. Stories like this make me wonder why… Why do things like this happen to such a beautiful and loving family. So sorry. :(


  • Such a sad development of an event what should be so joyful and happy. How difficult will it be to celebrate the birth day of Willa each year when it’s also the day your loved one died ! Bless them, they’re in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Such a sad event after the birth of their precious Daughter. One Angel lost one born! Our Government needs to really look at this hospital and see what has been happening here. Too many women have lost their lives here recently.


  • So sorry for this tragedy to happen. And I also feel sorry for this poor husband to have to bring up his daughter without his lovely lady at his side.


  • It is so complicated to celebrate a birth and mourn a simultaneous death (I’ve done it). My deepest sympathies are with them.


  • Beautiful tribute to a dead mother :/ I’m sure the family aren’t feeling any better, no matter how beautiful it was. An awful, sad, depressing tale


  • Thinking of her family, her husband and her beautiful little Willa. RIP dear Amanda


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