Ohio woman whose bee maternity shoot went viral suffers stillbirth

CINCINNATI -- When Emily Mueller posed with a swarm of honeybees in an August maternity shoot, it took no time before everyone around the world was buzzing about the photos.

Months later, the Akron honeybee rescuer and chair of the master beekeeping program for the Ohio State Beekeeper's Association has revealed a heartbreaking update.

On Sunday, Mueller shared on Facebook that her baby, a boy, was "born an angel."

In a separate Facebook post on Monday, Mueller detailed the story of her stillbirth so others that have experienced it could "go through grieving of their own."

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"Yesterday evening we had to hand over our precious child and say goodbye to his physical body forever," Mueller wrote in the post about Emersyn Jacob, the name given by her and her husband Ryan upon learning of his passing.

Mueller, who has three other children, said in the post she was preparing for an upcoming event and was so busy she hadn't paid attention to fetal movement.

"Who truly does when you've been this far along 3 times before and everything has been completely normal," she wrote. "By evening I began to realize I had not felt baby move much and had contractions that felt different than any I have had before."

When Mueller began to become more unsettled about the movement, she and her husband went to her midwife's office to check for a heartbeat.

It was there that the couple, along with their youngest son and daughter, learned six days before the due date their Emersyn had died.

"Every detail of that moment is forever sketched into my mind and I cannot stop replaying it," Mueller wrote. "Dr. Sutter sat on my right side looking at the screen and turned to me and said, 'Your baby has passed.'

"Our baby has died. Our baby will never come home with us," Mueller wrote. "This wonderful rainbow baby we were blessed with has now become a storm in our lives."

The Muellers found out Emersyn was a boy after they had returned from the hospital because the family, who had previously been waiting to find out his gender until he was born, "wanted to know who we were mourning."

The next day, the family met and let go of Emersyn, who Mueller believes died from a blood clotting issue that has caused several of her family members to suffer miscarriages.

Thanks to Sufficient Grace Ministries, an organization based in Deshler, Ohio, the family not only was able to get Emersyn's footprints on keepsake items and receive newborn photos, but they received an outpouring of support "at the cost of absolutely nothing."

"It felt like we had Emersyn for a day; for one day we got to give him all of us and to do important things that mattered."

Follow Mallorie Sullivan on Twitter: @malloriesullivn

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