Emily Mueller is an Ohio woman who is affectionately known as the “crazy bee lady.” The owner of Mueller Honey Bee removal, Mueller and her family save honey bees in the Akron, Ohio, area. In August, she famously posed with 20,000 live bees in a maternity photo shoot, sparking national attention and debate.
Tragically, she has announced that the baby she was carrying in that photo shoot died.
On a Monday Facebook post, Mueller announced that her son, Emersyn, died only six days before he was due to be born. “Our baby has died. Our baby will never come home with us,” Mueller wrote in the post.
In another post on the Mueller Honey Bee Removal page, the mother of three explained further. “So many people awaited the arrival of our sweet famous baby who was the star of our wonderful bee maternity photo shoot,” she posted on Tuesday. “Jesus decided he needed his own beekeeper on Nov 11, 2017, and took our precious son, Emersyn Jacob, back up to Heaven with him.”
According to Mueller, she had been preparing for an event on Thursday and hadn’t noticed anything wrong. She said in her previous three pregnancies, she stayed active and there was never a problem. But later that day, she became concerned. “By evening I began to realize I had not felt the baby move much and had contractions that felt different than any I have ever had before.”
Visiting her midwife the next day, she learned the devastating news.
“They tried and tried. I finally asked them, ‘You can’t find the heartbeat?’ The nurses tried comforting me, telling me to just wait as it seemed more and more of them came into the room…” she wrote. “Dr. Sutter sat on my right side looking at the screen and turned to me and said, ‘Your baby has passed.’”
The family named their baby boy Emersyn Jacob. Doctors are working to determine the cause of death, but Mueller thinks baby Emersyn died due to a blood clotting issue that runs in her family.
“Finding out your baby died is unfathomable,” she wrote. “Learning you have to be induced and deliver your deceased child is way beyond that. My heart instantly ached for any woman that has told me she had a stillborn.”
She wrote in a subsequent post that her family has received an outpouring of love and support.
“Our lives have been changed forever in so many ways but I am realizing we are not the only ones suffering the loss of Emersyn. It is a profound experience to see how many people are mourning with us. Your prayers are what are getting us through and it means so unbelievably much to us. ”