Reasonable? Are these security measures legit, or diva-esque? Do you believe that a hospital should allow anyone to so disrupt their facility?Dad stopped from seeing premature twins by Beyonce's hospital 'takeover'
She?s not even two days old, but Beyonce and Jay-Z?s new baby girl is already proving to be a diva thanks to the over-the-top security measures afforded her pushy, famous parents at the Manhattan hospital where she was born.
To accommodate the influential couple?s demand for privacy for them and their new kid at Lenox Hill Hospital, other new and expecting parents said they have essentially been put on ?lockdown? ? and even booted out of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which was on the same floor as Beyonce?s delivery ?suite? ? so the pampered songstress and her party could come and go unencumbered.
WARZER JAFF'Like no one else mattered': Brooklyn dad Neil Coulon raged against Beyonce's privacy demands after he was stopped from seeing his premature twins at Lenox Hill Hospital.
AFP/GETTY IMAGESStar pair Jay-Z and Beyonce are notoriously pushy, and apparently getting their way at Lenox Hill Hospital -- to the outrage of regular joes.
They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered,? raged new dad Neil Coulon, whose efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the neonatal ICU were disrupted by the birth of little Blue Ivy Carter.
They locked us into the NICU and would say, ?You can?t come out to the hallway for the next 20 minutes.? When I finally was able to go back out, I went to the waiting room and they?d ushered my family downstairs!?
Beyonce, 30, and Jay-Z, 42, whose real name is Shawn Carter, welcomed their new princess, born by C-section, at the Upper East Side hospital Saturday night.
The baby is reportedly named for her dad?s album, ?Blueprint? and her mom?s favorite number, 4 -- represented by the Roman numeral IV , or ?Ivy.?
The drama surrounding Blue Ivy?s long-awaited arrival began Friday night, when Beyonce checked in under the name ?Ingrid Jackson? and settled into her sixth-floor suite to have the baby.
Windows in the nearby NICU were blacked out with tape and temporary curtains hung so that nobody could see the comings and goings at the of the VIP at the other end of the hallway.
Beyonce has ?her own security, and hospital security,? a Lenox Hill employee noted.
By last night, Blue Ivy and her mom had been moved down to their special pad on the fourth floor, where the Grammy-winning new mom and rap-legend dad showed her off to friends, the hospital employee said.
A hospital spokeswoman said the hospital has special patient suites and that rooms can be reserved.
She declined to give the cost but said published reports that Jay-Z shelled out $1.3 million for ?an entire floor? were exaggerated but wouldn?t say by how much.
Last night, at least four security guards stood watch at the hospital?s fourth-floor elevator bank, where new parents and grandparents were still voicing their frustrations over security measures that delayed or completely prevented them from visiting.
?People are really upset and complaining,? said the hospital worker, noting that the medical staff has to ?shut down? whenever there?s movement on Beyonce?s part.
Coulon ? a Brooklyn contractor whose girls were born prematurely 11 days ago ? said it happened at least four times between Friday and yesterday on the sixth floor.
He said some of his relatives drove four and a half hours to see his girls, only to be shunted aside for Beyonce.
Of the other NICU parents, he said, ?These are parents who are going through very stressful times. To have that circus roll into town ... having to deal with all this drama because someone is a superstar isn?t fair.?
Beyonce had a steady stream of visitors yesterday. A makeup artist was spotted going up with several bags in tow, and lunch was special-delivered from a local burger joint and gourmet market.
Pals who didn?t make it to the hospital weighed in on Twitter -- including Diddy, Russell Simmons and LaToya Jackason.
?Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already,? wrote Beyonce best friend Gwyneth Paltrow, while Rihanna tweeted: ?Welcome to the w
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Reasonable? Unreasonable to the other patients, especially those kept from their NICU babies.
Are these security measures legit, or diva-esque? Definitely diva, but maybe also legit. I guess I don't know enough of what is "normal" for high security births. I would think just having a private security staff come in would be enough without locking down a huge portion of the unit, but can't say for certain.
Do you believe that a hospital should allow anyone to so disrupt their facility? I would say that it is up to the hospital to decide. I glanced at the hospital website quickly and they appear to be a for-profit facility. I guess as long as the facility is paid for by the patient, then it's the business of the hospital. However, I do feel the hospital has an obligation to it's current patients and their standard of care, which wouldn't seem to be met, IMO, if parents were kept apart from their babies. If I were those parents, I would consider seeking a cost reduction on their services. I also feel for the parents who might have been displaced from their planned birth site because of such drama...I can't imagine being a FTM and having to shift to a new hospital during labor simply because a celeb got their first. I think it's not a great precedent for a hospital to set in terms of care.
It was such a devastating time when Caitlyn was in the NICU. If this had happened to us while she was there I might have had a nervous breakdown and she was stable. Visiting times were very precious and I would have been LIVID if I was not allowed to visit during the scheduled time because there was a famous baby near by.
That is just ridiculous. I have no problem with them paying for their own private suite (or entire floor) or having extra security working. That all makes some sense. But, shutting down sections of the hospital? That is awful for all the other patients who deserve to be treated better.
I hope Beyonce and Jay-z pick up the tab of everyone who was inconvenienced.
All I want to say is that I cannot stand Beyonce or her music. The end.
You know, I have a feeling most of these people are just looking for a payout. I can see how maybe the security people may have asked someone to stay in the NICU while she was being moved through the hallway, and I think that's reasonable. She's entitled to some privacy. She's in a private suite that is secluded from the rest of the maternity section, so I can't understand how anyone else is being put out?
I remember when Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to Apple & there were stories about how her security team had locked everything down just like this... and it turned out she hadn't even been at the hospital most of the time people claimed because she'd transferred from a planned homebirth. Not that Beyonce & Gwyneth are in the same league of diva, but just that it seems that people come out of the woodwork with trouble stories when someone "big" is around, kwim?
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I can see both sides. Dependin on the circumstances, I can see needing to prevent access to the NICU for 20 minutes if that would be procedure for all similar situations. This isn't a private hospital so I'm not sure how I feel about renting out the entire floor.
It's reasonable to keep family from seeing a criticially ill baby? What if there were several babies near death and the family's had to wait to see them? They only allow a certain number of visitors at a time. Trust me, oldest was a nicu baby and 2 of my nephews were too.
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I've literally never met anyone whose kid was in the NICU that gived a flying fig newton about cash at that point. The only ones I've met were praying even if they didn't believe in God when the kid was born. Maybe you guys know a different kind of people than I do.