Did Beyonce & Jay-Z Welcome Baby Blue Ivy by Locking Parents Out of NICU?

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It's the sensationalist headline rising through the Google rankings. Several sources are reporting a story that goes something like "Beyonce Prevents Average Joe From Brooklyn from Visiting Twins in NICU".

Over the weekend, the pop superstar -- who famously debuted news of her pregnancy via National Television while proud Papa Jay Z looked on -- gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter (via scheduled C, for the birth junkies) at Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. The New York Post reports that Jay and B paid 1.3 million dollars to buy out the entire floor where they would deliver, which includes...THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT..

I'll let that sink in.

 BEYONCE,JAY Z.at Men's Final at US Open Tennis in Queens 9-12-2011. 2011.(Credit Image: © John Barrett/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)

If these reports are true, Beyonce and Jay Z both felt it necessary and were permitted to not only buy out an entire floor of an active hospital in the country's most populated city, but the same floor where babies in critical condition are often fighting for their lives and need their parents by their sides (not to mention the needs of those babies' parents).

Thankfully, the Post story continues, it turns out that new parents were allowed to see their ill infants so long as Beyonce, Jay Z, and/or their visitors weren't using the hallway at the time.

The New York Daily News story:

Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn said the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by Beyoncé’s bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub.

Coulon griped that he’s been repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit, once for 20 minutes, by the superstar couple’s private security.

He said bodyguards wearing headsets even cleared the sixth floor waiting room, booting his relatives out.

You can't see me, but I'm sitting here shaking my head, trying to get it to make sense.

The Daily News also quotes a hospital spokesperson as saying they had yet to receive any formal complaints -- although the same article quotes staffers speaking anonymously about upset parents being prevented from their newborns and security guards roaming the halls.

What do you think about this Opera of Entitlement? If true, I think the whole thing is pretty outrageous. Sure...B and Jay have as much a right to privacy as anyone else, but ANYONE ELSE is the operative phrase there, right? And I mean, to get just a little judgy, we're not exactly talking about unwelcome baby bump speculation here. Whereas on the flip side -- for any parents who were kept from their newborns, we are talking about precious moments of fragile lives, and people who more than likely aren't remotely concerned with the megastar and her Twitter-trending baby in the room next door.


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