While the world congratulated new parents Beyonce and Jay-Z on the birth of baby Blue Ivy, several New York City parents were dismayed. They claim they were mistreated by hospital staff at Lenox Hill in New York City during Beyonce's stay -- and some are threatening to sue.
According to TMZ, mothers who regularly gather at Lenox Hill for a breastfeeding class felt "neglected" by hospital staff during the celebrity lockdown. They're discussing the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the hospital.
These moms aren't the only parents saying they were affected by heightened security surrounding Blue Ivy's birth. Neil Coulon of Brooklyn told NY Daily news that "the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by Beyonce's bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub." He said that he was barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit.
"This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you're a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children," said Coulon, whose wife delivered twins on Wednesday.
Lenox Hill denies these claims. Spokesman Frank Danza told the AP 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." The hospital has issued a statement saying that they are "troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports."
Danza also set straight the claim that Beyonce and Jay-Z paid $1.3 million to rent out an entire floor. They were in an executive suite, available to other new parents as well, he says, and "billed the standard rate for those accommodations."
To further clear the air, Danza added:
"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."
The Stir's Julie Ryan Evans points out that the hospital statement could be a quick public relations cleanup. But on the other hand, she wants to believe they're telling the truth.
"I'm going to choose to believe the best about their birth experience and about them. Because really when it comes to something as beautiful as bringing a new life into the world, it's a pretty good time to give the benefit of the doubt," she writes.