(NEW YORK) — A New York hospital where Beyonce gave birth this weekend says that contrary to media reports, security for the couple didn’t restrict other parents of newborns from access to their babies.
Lenox Hill Hospital, where Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed daughter Blue Ivy late Saturday night, was criticized after fellow patients at the hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side expressed outrage at the tight security measures put in place for the megastars.
“People [were] just telling us where we cannot go and locking us out of the NICU,” one patient told New York’s Daily News of the situation at the hospital over the weekend.
In a statement, representatives from Lenox Hill told ABC News, “No security plan that we, or the Carter’s security team, put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).”
The hospital in a statement refuted reports that the couple paid to rent a floor of the building to ensure their privacy.
One irate hospital guest told the Daily News the security team repeatedly stopped him from visiting the NICU.
“These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology,” Neil Coulon of Brooklyn told the newspaper.
The Daily News had initially reported the $1.3 million figure to seal off a wing of the hospital to assure their privacy.
The celebrity couple issued a statement on their daughter’s birth Monday, saying her “birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.” They added that she was “delivered naturally,” weighed seven pounds, and described her arrival as “the best experience of both of our lives.”
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