Beyonce and Jay-Z caused quite the commotion at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital, where other parents are now threatening to press a lawsuit over the crazy security measures surrounding baby Blue Ivy Carter‘s birth. Since the weekend, more reports have surfaced from angry families who were told they couldn’t visit their newborn babies or move around on the hospital floor where Beyonce gave birth. The hospital is denying rumors that it put the entire sixth floor on lockdown, but some accounts suggest otherwise. We think the hospital should be held accountable for compromising general patient care; we want to know what you think.
New dad Neil Coulson spoke out yesterday about how he was kept from seeing his premature newborn twins in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in order to accommodate Beyonce and Jay-Z’s extreme security measures. But he’s not the only one; Tanisha Newton, an expecting mother, says she was asked to leave the hospital’s sixth floor despite her advanced pregnancy:
I was almost restrained and so were my children. It was bad because look who they are. They been pushing, tugging, [saying], ‘Ma’am you have to move. This is a secluded area.
TMZ also reports that some new moms are considering a potential lawsuit against the hospital and Beyonce’s security detail over their treatment when they showed up for breastfeeding classes.
The hospital, however, denies that it prioritized Beyonce and Jay-Z over anyone else. Representatives have denied claims that the couple paid over $1 million to have the entire floor shut down on their account, and spokesman Frank Danza told press that they maintained fair treatment to all patients over the weekend while their celeb patients were in the building:
[He] said that the new parents were in an “executive suite” and “billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.”
As for the securty situation? Danza said that although Beyonce and Jay-Z had their own bodyguards, “the hospital has been and still continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility. We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days.”
He also added that no security would have prevented a parent from gaining access to the neonatal intensive unit and no family complained to the hospital about it.
“Lenox Hill Hospital takes patient privacy and safety very seriously,” he added. “And while we congratulate the Carter family on the birth of their child, we value the loyalty of ALL our patients and always strive to ensure a positive experience, knowing that the birth of a child is a wonderful moment producing memories of a lifetime.”
New dad Jay-Z doesn’t seem too worried about the fuss; he’s already writing songs about the birth of his new daughter. (Or maybe he’s just more concerned with the lawsuit coming at him from New York’s Worker’s Compensation Board.)
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