The heartbroken husband of the Queenland mother-of-three yoga instructor who tragically died giving birth at home has revealed the first details of the rare mysterious condition which killed her.
Lauren Verona, 42, is said to have died from an amniotic fluid embolism after giving birth to her third daughter, Lucinda, at their home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Now shattered husband Ryan Gaylard has paid tribute to his partner and his newborn baby who will be a treasured reminder of his wife.
‘I want you all to know that Lauren connected with our beautiful baby,’ he said. ‘Lucinda means light, and she certainly is a light in these dark times.
‘There is pain from our unfathomable loss, but our hearts are filling from our little bundle of joy that Lauren has blessed us with.’
The home-birth initially appeared to have gone to plan, said Mr Gaylard.
Mother-of-three Lauren Verona (seen here with partner Ryan Gaylard) ran a high-profile yoga studio died after giving birth to a healthy baby girl
Lauren Verona’s husband Ryan Gaylard (pictured with his three children Evie, Allira and Lucinda) paid tribute to his partner and his newborn baby who will be a treasured reminder of his wife
‘It was Lauren’s perfect natural birth,’ Mr Gaylard said.
‘Using everything we have learned from our hypno-birthing course, Lauren composed herself perfectly, calmly breathing her baby into this world.’
But soon after Ms Verona held Lucinda for the first time, she suddenly became seriously ill
The coroner and medical experts are still investigating the cause of Ms Verona’s death, but Mr Gaylard said he had been told by hospital staff his wife had suffered the amniotic fluid embolism.
The condition occurs when amniotic fluid or other fetal material enters into the bloodstream of the mother and can prevent blood from clotting.
Ms Verona was rushed to Sunshine Coast University Hospital where medics battled to save her without success.
Lauren Verona, 42, died from complications during childbirth after delivering her daughter Lucinda
‘There is little research into this condition as it doesn’t occur often … it’s as rare as hen’s teeth,’ said Mr Gaylard.
‘The coroner is still investigating down to a microscopic level in the hope that it may help understand this condition and perhaps save another family from enduring what we have over the last 22 days and will for the rest of our lives.
‘In true Lauren style though, she was always helping people.’
Mr Gaylard said his daughters described the day their youngest sister was born as the ‘happiest and saddest’ day of their lives.
‘These three girls are my absolute priority for the rest of my life.’
Mr Gaylard spoke of the hypno-birthing course the couple had undertaken before the baby Lucinda was born.
‘Lauren strongly believed in and was very intuitive about her own body’s capability and was always inquisitive about the best ways forward for herself,’ he said.
‘She inspired all women to empower themselves with this belief. What would Lauren say? ‘My mind, my body, my choice.’
The family will hold a private funeral, followed by a public funeral at Sunshine Coast Stadium later in the month.
Ms Verona ran Zenko Yoga in Noosaville, on the Sunshine Coast, and described the mission of the studio to ‘inspire people to seek change and transformation within’.
Her death came just months after Ms Verona married the love of her life Ryan at an intimate wedding in February.
Ms Verona had only been married for four months before she died during childbirth.
Photographs showed the pregnant mother-of-three dressed in a free-flowing white dress as she tied the knot to her partner near a beach.
Her distraught employees shared their devastation at her sudden death in a heartbreaking post on the company’s Facebook page.
‘This unfathomable loss is felt deeply by all of us that are part of her teaching team, by her family, her friends and we know it will be by all who came to know her,’ it read.
Ms Verona gave birth to a healthy baby girl but the mother was unable to be saved
‘All who went to her workshops, watched her videos, shared space with her on retreats, trained with her, practiced with her or simply met her once know how powerful her presence was, how her energy radiated with light and wisdom towards everyone and everything she touched!
‘Lauren has CHANGED more lives than anyone can comprehend and it is our greatest loss to not get to continue to share her joy, her spirit and her wisdom with this world.’
They extended their deepest condolences to Ms Verona’s partner and their two older daughters Allira and Evie.
‘In this time of darkness, we still have a shining light, not only in Lucinda, but all of her loved ones she leaves behind, especially in Ryan and her daughters,’ the post read.
‘May they, and we all continue to share her light, her wisdom, her laughter, her tears for lifetimes to come.’
Ms Verona had earlier spoken out about the ‘indescribable pelvic girdle pain’ she experienced at 35 weeks pregnant.
‘Pelvic instability, anemia and gestational diabetes keeping me couch bound but otherwise awesome and looking forward to birthing this angel as soon as viably possible,’ she said at 30 weeks before being given the all clear for a natural birth.
‘Remarkably on my 36 week scan my cervix is now clear of what was a low lying placenta .5cm away.
‘Even the Sonographer seemed shocked and called her senior in to confirm. The obstetrician who was about to convince me of a C section told me I was free to go home and birth naturally.’
Just five days ago she said the ‘countless pregnancy complications’ she’d experienced, had been ‘very challenging’.
‘But I hear my own children say ”divine timing” when anyone asks when the baby is coming out. I love that they get it,’ she said.
‘So here we are 41 weeks pregnant trusting the higher plan.’
Mourning friends and family shared their heartbreak as they paid their respects.
Her death comes just months after Ms Verona married the love of her life Ryan at an intimate wedding in February
‘I am heartbroken to have lost to this physical realm a most wonderful woman who taught me how to love and to be fearless,’ one person wrote.
Another added: ‘It has been my utmost honor and privilege to meet, train with, know and support her in her passion which is the physicality and energy of Zenko Yoga.
‘So many memories that will be forever etched in the forefront in my mind … My heart aches for her divine two young daughters, her beloved husband and new born baby girl.’
The yoga studio was briefly open on Friday morning for members to pay their respects but classes will be temporarily cancelled.