Mum who covered herself with bees for maternity shoot suffers stillbirth

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Emily Mueller made headlines around the world when she posed with more than 20,000 bees for a striking maternity shoot in August.

But just six days before the professional bee keeper’s due date, she lost her son and suffered through a still birth.

“So many people awaited the arrival of our sweet famous baby who was the star of our wonderful bee maternity photo shoot,” the Mueller family posted on their business’s Facebook Page.

“Jesus decided he needed his own beekeeper on Nov 11, 2017 and took our precious son, Emersyn Jacob.”

Now Emily is sharing her story with the public and wants to reach out to other mums who have experienced still births.

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After posing with the 1.8 kilo swarm of bees earlier this year, Emily understood why there was so much public interest in the photoshoot. “People think I’m putting my baby at harm,” Emily told People at the time. “But bees are gentle and I hope my bee belly helps people see that they aren’t as scary as you might think.” Photo: Emily Mueller Facebook

“I know many people want to understand how and why this happened. What was the reason? Do you have any answers?” she posted on her personal Facebook Page.

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

The tragedy started when Emily noticed he wasn’t moving around as much as usual.



“I wasn't paying attention to baby movement, but who truly does when you've been this far along three times before and everything has been completely normal,” she wrote.

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Emily became a viral sensation after posing with 20,000 bees in August. Photo: Emily Mueller

“I would push on my stomach and feel him move inside me but it didn't seem it was the type of movement I normally feel. I just told myself he was sleeping but as the time passed, I felt uneasy about it and used our doppler to find the heartbeat.”

After a night of worrying and unsuccessfully being able to detect a steady heartbeat with a doppler, Emily called the OB at her midwife’s office and was instructed to head into the hospital for a check-up ultrasound.

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Emily Mueller is an experienced bee keeper with a environmentally-friendly honey removal service on Ohio. Photo: Emily Mueller

Emily says what happened will be etched in her mind forever.

“The Dr. encouraged me to look at the screen and I wished I hadn't. I wished I could remove the imagine in my mind of seeing the unbeating black, lifeless heart on the screen. From this moment, the hospital did everything they could to get us out as soon as possible so we could go home and grieve and think about what we needed to do next,” Emily continued.

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Emily became worried when she felt minimal movement. Photo: Emily Mueller Facebook

“I think the most horrible thing happened next. Finding out your baby died is unfathomable. Learning you have to be induced and deliver your deceased child is way beyond that.”

The Mueller family are still waiting on test results for a “small chance for an answer” but Emily believes her baby died due to a blood clot issue that has affected her immediate family for some time.

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