A new father has welcomed his first child to the world in tragedy after his fiance died in childbirth.
Shelly Cockburn, 29, from Maketu on New Zealand's north island had a pregnancy with no complications before suffering from chest pain when she gave birth to her baby daughter, Kora, earlier this month.
Her fiance Kirk Ross, 34, has since given up work to raise his daughter, after his partner tragically lost her life after suffering a seizure while giving birth.
Mr Ross told the NZ Herald Shelly had only been in labour for an hour before she started having a fit.
'When she had her seizure or fit they hit an emergency button and all the doctors came running in,' Mr Ross said.
Mr Ross and Shelly's mother Hine were told to leave the room while the doctors exhausted every option to keep her alive.
After performing an emergency cesarean, doctors were able to safely deliver Kora, but Shelly was still suffering.
Doctors quickly began CPR on the mother but were unable to save her.
Mr Ross, who was waiting anxiously outside the hospital room, said he broke down after hearing the shattering news.
'We burst into tears. It was very unexpected,' he said.
'I don't really know how I'm coping at the moment. I don't really know where to move on from here. It's pretty hard. It still doesn't really feel real.'
The young couple were planning on moving house with their baby girl, but plans have since been halted by the tragic event.
Doctors believe the seizure was caused by an embolism, which is when a piece of material becomes lodged inside a blood vessel.