Beyonce's delivery of her baby girl at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital was surely a joyous occasion for her family, but it turned out to be a headache for a lot of other new parents, who say the hospital's heightened security measures for the pop star prevented them from visiting their infants.
Several parents have reported being inconvenienced and impeded by security guards at Lenox Hill Hospital, where its hospital administrators made special security provisions for Beyonce's high-profile delivery. Witnesses say the sixth floor neonatal unit of the hospital was transformed for young Blue Ivy Carter's birth, with partitions put up, windows blacked-out, and even security cameras taped over with paper.
New mom Rozz Nash-Coulon told the New York Times that security guards blocked her from visiting her child in the neonatal unit, claiming that particular hallways was being used to move hazardous chemicals, even though other people were in plain view in the hallway. Even after Nash-Coulon was permitted to visit her baby, at another point throughout her visit she was told that the floor was on lockdown, and if she left the neonatal unit she would not be allowed to return.
“It was just really disgusting,” Nash-Coulon told the New York Times. “We really believe the hospital is culpable in this because they didn’t let us know what was happening. And the security of our children is at risk when you cover security cameras.”
Another father says security guards kept him from visiting his wife and son in the neonatal unit for three hours.
A representative from Lenox Hill Hospital claims that they were in control of the security detail, which they say was designed to ensure vistors still had access to patient areas. They also denied claims that Beyonce and husband Jay-Z spent over $1 million to rent and redecorate a wing of the hospital as their labor and delivery suite.
The New York State Health Department is currently investigating these complaints against the hospital.