An Ohio mom whose photos from her maternity shoot went viral over the summer shared sad news online this weekend: The baby she'd been carrying, a little boy she and her husband named Emersyn Jacob, died in utero, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Emily Mueller, who runs a honeybee rescue service and has three kids ages 1 to 10, had posed with 20,000 bees swarming around her pregnant belly, prompting alarmed reactions from viewers. But Mueller tells the Times Reporter the bees had nothing to do with her fourth child's death, which she announced on Facebook on Sunday. "It is with the most deepening sadness I share that our sweet Emersyn Jacob was born an angel yesterday," she wrote. In a separate post, Mueller documents how she and her husband, Ryan, had found out about the stillbirth, which she believes may have been caused by a hereditary blood-clotting issue.
She explains that after being distracted by preparations for the baby's arrival, she suddenly realized last week—just days before her due date—she hadn't felt much movement lately. She couldn't find the baby's heartbeat with her home fetal heart monitor, so she went to the doctor the next day, where her worst fears were confirmed. "Your baby has passed," the attending doctor told her. She talks about the "unfathomable" pain of that news, as well as having to give birth to her deceased son. But she also thanks the staff who helped her family, and a local nonprofit that assists bereaved parents. The group arranged for keepsake items and a photo session with the baby. "For one day we got to give [Emersyn] all of us and to do important things that mattered," Mueller writes. She posted a photo of her husband holding Emersyn's hand, as well as one showing the baby in a bee-adorned outfit, with the simple caption: "Our little beekeeper." (A stillbirth story that led to help for others.)