2017: Birth and early lifeEdit
Rebecca discovered she was pregnant in April 2017 following a one-night stand with her former brother-in-law Robert the previous month. Robert wanted Rebecca to have an abortion as he didn't want a drunken mistake to ruin his relationship with partner Aaron Dingle but Rebecca couldn't go through with it so Robert was forced to tell Aaron the truth. Although furious at first, Aaron forgave Robert, however, after seeing a scan photo, Aaron realised he couldn't handle the situation and broke up with Robert.
Rebecca went into labour at the roadside whilst Aaron was attempting to fix her car. Aaron managed to get Rebecca to the hospital where she gave birth to a premature but healthy baby boy on 9th November 2017. Becoming a father changed everything for Robert. He decided to leave the village as he feared his son would turn out like him if he stayed around, although he changed his mind after talking to Aaron. Robert vowed to be the best father be could be and promised his son that he wouldn't let him down.
The Whites soon discovered Robert had been planning to seize control of Home Farm so Rebecca barred Robert from seeing his son. The family planned to move to Australia, taking Seb without Robert's knowledge or consent. However, Robert learned of the plan and snatched Seb. In a subsequent car chase, a tragedy hit when Seb's cousin Lachlan steered the family's car into the path of a lorry, leading to the deaths of Seb's grandfather and aunt and leaving Rebecca in a coma. Robert struggled to look after Seb while Rebecca was in hospital.
Rebecca awoke from her coma a few weeks later, but she suffered brain damage as a result of the crash and was diagnosed with post-traumatic amnesia. Upon being discharged from hospital, Rebecca moved into Keepers Cottage with Robert's sister Victoria Barton. It soon became clear that Rebecca was unable to take of Seb alone, culminating when Rebecca left Seb alone in the house with a pan of oil on the stove top. Aaron heard the smoke alarm going off, so he broke into the house and rescued Seb. Rebecca was horrified by her actions and after discovering she may be suffering from Executive Dysfunction, she realised she could no longer care for Seb so handed him over to Aaron and Robert.