From breastfeeding moms to the parents of preemies — some moms who delivered and shared the birthing center at Lenox Hill Hospital along with celebrity birther Beyonce are accusing the singer’s security detail of violating their rights.
One such inconvenienced father, Neil Coulon, 38, said that he wasn’t able to freely visit his premature twin girls who were placed in the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) after being delivered pre-term. He claimed that because celebrity couple Beyonce and Jay-Z (whose real name is Shawn Carter) wanted to use the hallway, their security detail closed off public access to the NICU for periods lasting up to 20 minutes.
According to the NY Daily News, the couple reportedly spent upwards of $1.3 million to have their wing of the hospital secured and sectioned off.
Coulon told the Daily News:
“This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children.”
TMZ also reported that a group of breastfeeding moms are considering suing the hospital for disrupting their breastfeeding class. They claim they were treated like second class citizens and weren’t given the proper attention and breastfeeding instruction because the hospital and its staff gave preferential treatment to Beyonce, Jaz-Z and their latest addition, Blue Ivy Carter, who was born on January 7, 2011.