Melissophilia refers to the obsessive love for bees. When I read the story about the bee-keeper woman from Ohio who decided to have a maternity shoot with 20,000 bees, my first reaction was disbelief as well. But then love for all things, human or not, animate or inanimate can be all consuming and inexplicable. It saddens me to read that Emily Mueller later suffered a still birth. However, there is no research that links bee stings to stillbirths. While in her profession as a beekeeper, she has given birth to two children, both hale and hearty.
The above post does not claim to be an introspection or intend to be insensitive or sensationalize the choices being by Emily Mueller. I wish her and her family peace, strength and only the best.
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