High security for Beyonce baby’s birth troubles other parents
She’s not even two days old, but Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby girl is already proving to be a diva. Over-the-top security measures have been put in place by little Blue Ivy Carter’s pushy, famous parents at New York’s Lennox Hill hospital where she was born on 7th January 2011.Updated: Jan 10, 2012 20:42 IST
She’s not even two days old, but Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby girl is already proving to be a diva. Over-the-top security measures have been put in place by little Blue Ivy Carter’s pushy, famous parents at New York’s Lennox Hill hospital where she was born on 7th January 2011.Other new and expecting parents at the hospital said they have essentially been put on ‘lockdown’ - and even booted out of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which was on the same floor as Beyonce’s delivery ‘suite’ - so that the singer and her party could come and go easily.
"They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered," the Daily Telegraph quoted new dad Neil Coulon, whose efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the neonatal ICU were disrupted by the birth, as saying.
“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!” he said.
The drama began the night before the birth itself, 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.
Beyonce has “her own security, and hospital security,” a Lenox Hill employee said. "Now she and her baby have been moved down to their special pad on the fourth floor", the employee said.
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.
First Published: Jan 10, 2012 15:50 IST