• Mon, Jan 9 2012

Angry Parents Blame Beyonce For Separating Them From Babies; What About Hospital’s Responsibility?

beyonce baby blue ivy carterBeyonce gave birth to baby girl Blue Ivy Carter this weekend at Lenox Hill Hospital, where she and Jay-Z also succeeded in pissing off several other new parents along the way. Their over-the-top security measures effectively shut down the entire floor of their private birthing suite, even kicking parents out of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where their premature newborn babies are kept. The parents are raging over Beyonce and Jay-Z’s unjust narcissism and disregard for other families, but all I can think is: What’s wrong with a hospital that it would allow any patient to rewrite its rules?

UPDATE: Parents may sue Beyonce’s security team and Lenox Hill Hospital. Check out the details and tell us what you think.

Beyonce, 30 (or is she?), gave birth to her new daughter on Saturday night by (or did she?) C-section after checking in on Friday under the name “Ingrid Jackson.” A hospital spokesperson said that reports of she and  Jay-Z spending $1.3 million for “the entire floor” of the hospital, but she declined to say by how much. Whatever the price, they did succeed in getting the hospital to lock down the floor so that she could come and go without being disturbed; one new father was even kept from seeing his newborn twins in order to maintain her privacy:

“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 NICU 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!”

It’s despicable, but it’s not at all surprising that celebrities wouldn’t be mindful of other patients in a hospital. What’s more surprising (and more despicable, if you ask me) is the fact that the hospital was willing to let celebrities—and their money—compromise the health and rights of other patients. Twenty minutes may not seem like much, but to a father who hasn’t seen his babies, it’s a lot. And for newborns in the NICU, it could be even more crucial: Studies show that human contact improves weight gain and development in premature babies.

Just like with anything else money can buy, it’s to be expected that the super-rich have access to extravagant health care that most of us don’t. But that doesn’t mean they should be allowed to interfere with other patient care; after all, those other parents aren’t getting health care for free. If a hospital wants to cater to clients like Beyonce and Jay-Z, by all means: build a wing that supports all the privacy and luxury they’d like. But it shouldn’t interfere with what other patients need.

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  • Chichi Kix

    I agree, totally unfair. But I would argue that it was more for safety than extravagance (or, as my mother calls it, “extravagant safety”). Paparazzi are crazy, and photos of new Blue could fetch a ridiculous amount of money: enough to motivate people to take extraordinary measures to get those pics. A baby ward filled with hungry paparazzi (or stalkers, or mega fans, or other unstable individuals) could have been dangerous to everyone. News about her arrival to the hospital, even tweeted by another patient, could have started a massive riot outside, with paps and media trying to get a first glace.

    With all the moola they have, I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn’t hire medical staff to do the procedure privately, instead of in a large hospital. I also don’t know why extra security personnel couldn’t have made sure that everyone was safe AND that other parents would be able to access their newborns. It’s true that celebrity ANYTHING can become a hazard not only to the celebs themselves, but anyone around them (I got whopped in the head in the middle of a Bieber debacle before I even knew his name), but there are ways to make sure that everyone’s safe AND free to live their own lives.

    I like your idea of a separate ward, or any other scenario that can give celebs both their privacy and safety, while minimizing the impact on everyone else. That said, if I were in their shoes, their high class celebrity shoes, I don’t know that I wouldn’t have done things differently. People are crazy. No one should blame people for doing their best in bizarre situations, but the hospital is ultimately responsible for the safety and care of ALL it’s patients, which includes providing security and establishing procedures so everyone can get the care they need, no matter what their circumstances.

    • Briana Rognlin

      Exactly, Chichi! (Also, wow: I think I want to know that Bieber story…)

      I get that celebrities have their reasons for privacy; I would probably want it if I could afford it, and I will never have to worry about paparazzi! I just can’t help but feel like a lot of the outrage is misdirected; the hospital should have put its foot down and protected the rights of other patients, whether that means charging Bey and Jay-Z more for the extra staffing or rooms that absolute privacy and security require, or telling them that they needed to provide their own space for delivery outside the hospital. Celebrities may want or expect things that we think are outrageous, but like you said: People are crazy, and who knows what any one of us would do in their shoes. It’s up to the hospital to say yes or no to their crazy requests.

  • michelle

    Yes, the paparazzi are crazy, but Beyonce and Jay-Z have welcomed it by announcing in ridiculous fashion their initial pregnancy. I’m completely disgusted that the hospital would allow this, and I wish there was more criticism thrown at Beyonce for this kind of gross selfishness.

  • TRUTH

    I think she didnt gave birth ! thats why they want this kind of privacy (there is something with the babby !!!

  • Mary Jane

    People like Beyonce, should consider home births. They can have ALL the privacy they want.
    I for one, can’t understand why these 2 extremely insignificant people, have become so famous. Having said that, they should be ashamed of their extremely selfish behaviour.

    • Gail Snail

      Unfortunately, a C-section canot be performed at home. It can, however, have been performed at a private clinic. Why didn’t they just rent out a private clinic for the day?

      Everyone that was inconveniced by Beyonce & Jay Z. should sue them for their selfishness.

      Good luck everyone. I hope you bankrupt them.

  • Packman

    I understand security for the baby and keeping the wrong people out but you cannot disrupt an entire hospital. If I was denied access to see my baby because of this there would have been hell to pay!!! When someone illegally denies you access to your children that is by law kidnapping. I would sue the hell out of the hospital and Beyonce. I dont believe in suing unless it is something extreme but this is just ridiculous. If you need that type of security, have doctors come to YOUR secure location.

    • Gail Snail

      Ah, but they can and did disrupt an entire hospital. It’s not what you know but who you pay off.

      I hope everyone that was affected by this sues Beyonce and Jay Z into bankruptcy.