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Akron mother whose bee pregnancy photos went viral has stillborn son

November 16, 2017 GMT

Akron mother whose bee pregnancy photos went viral has stillborn son

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Akron mother whose maternity photo shoot of her belly covered in 20,000 bees went viral delivered a stillborn son this week.

Mueller shared her story on Facebook, explaining that six days before Emersyn Jacob was due, she no longer felt movement and couldn’t find a heartbeat with a doppler.

“I know many people want to understand how and why this happened. What was the reason? Do you have any answers? It makes me feel better to talk about it and to share our experience,” she wrote. “I want people to know the story so they can also go through grieving of their own.”

She and her husband went to the hospital with their three older children, Cadyn, Madelynn and Westyn. It was there that nurses, and then the doctor on call, could not find a heartbeat.

“Our baby will never come home with us,” Mueller, who had three miscarriages in the past, wrote. “This wonderful rainbow baby we were blessed with has now become a storm in our lives. But this was much bigger, deeper, felt in a much greater way than anyone can ever understand. Believe me, I hope you never do. And if you have, please reach out to me as I need to create a network of love around me right now and know we can move on.”

Mueller then shared how she went through the process of being induced and delivering Emersyn.

Sufficient Grace Ministries, a organization formed to help women who lost a baby through stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death, provided doulas trained in bereavement to help the family through the process. When Emersyn was born, a photographer took pictures of him with his family. Sufficient Grace also gave the family footprint keepsake items and a comfort bear, according to Mueller’s post. And the hospital provided a Cuddle Cot, a cooling device that allowed the Mueller family to spend more time with Emersyn.

About 26,000 babies die in utero each year in the United States after 20 weeks of pregnancy each year. Stillbirth happens in one out of 160 pregnancies -- a statistic that hasn’t budged in generations. And many families never find out why their baby died.

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Mueller wrote that she thinks that it may have been a clotting issue that led to Emersyn’s death, and that the family has sent the placenta to be tested.

Read the full Facebook post below. For more information about stillbirth, visit the Ohio chapter of the Star Legacy Foundation.