Beyonce and Jay-Z Face Backlash Over Lenox Hill Hospital
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Beyonce and Jay-Z Face Backlash Over Lenox Hill Hospital

It turns out that not everyone is quite as ecstatic about the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s first child, Blue Ivy Carter, as they are. Several sources have spoken out against the extreme security measures taken by A-list couple, which have forced the Lenox Hill Hospital to respond and the State Health Department to look into the matter.

According to patients, security guards prevented people from entering and leaving the maternity ward. New mother Rozz Nash-Coulon, who was visiting her infant twin daughters in the neonatal intensive care unit, claims that she was told she wouldn’t be able to return if she left. “It was really disgusting,” she shared with The New York Times. She also complained that security cameras were covered up, which she felt risked the security of everyone else’s children.

Another new parent, Edgar Ramirez, revealed that he was blocked from the neonatal unit for three hours by a security guard who told him the floor was “on lockdown.” Inside, his wife and newborn child were waiting for him.

With so many complaints appearing in the news, the hospital issued a public statement, asserting that they had “made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children.” Ann Silverman, a hospital spokeswoman added, “The security plan was designed not to limit access to patient care areas.”

Silverman acknowledged that there was a private security detail, but insisted that Lenox Hill was still in charge of all security. She added that no families had made formal complaints to the hospital. In response to rumors, she denied the couple had paid $1.3 million to rent “an entire maternity floor.” Though she admitted the couple was in an executive suite, she wouldn’t name the price.

It remains to be seen whether the hospital’s statement will placate patients. TMZ reports that one group of mothers is discussing a possible lawsuit after security guards disrupted their breastfeeding class.

Beyonce and Jay-Z haven’t addressed complaints, but they did share that they’re “in heaven” as new parents. Blue Ivy’s proud papa even released a song for her.

Maybe next they can record a joint apology to all the angry parents?

Source: New York Times; TMZ

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01.11.2012 / 12:46 AM EDT by Stephanie Long
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