Beyonce Gives Birth: Inside Her Chaotic Hospital Stay
Everybody loves a baby -- but not everybody loved the extreme security measures taken by Beyonce and Jay-Z's entourage at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC Saturday, when the superstar couple welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
A witness at the facility told Us Weekly that security was "insane" to accommodate Beyonce, 30, Jay-Z, 42, and their loved ones. "They evacuated the floor for 15 minutes so Jay-Z could come up!"
Other families said they were similarly "evacuated" to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while another member of the famous couple's group could exit without being disturbed.
Another witness spotted Jay-Z walking down the hospital floor looking "happy" on Saturday morning; Beyonce's family -- sister Solange and parents Tina and Mathew Knowles -- were also spotted with flowers and pink balloons tied with silver and black ribbons.
New father Neil Coulon raged to the New York Post: "They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered," said Coulon, who waited in vain to see his premature, newborn twins in the NICU unit.
"They locked us into the NICU and would say, 'You can't come out to the hallway for the next 20 minutes.' When I finally was able to go back out, I went to the waiting room and they'd ushered my family downstairs!"
Rumors claimed that Jay-Z even shelled out $1.3 million to take over an entire floor for the big day -- but a a hospital spokeswoman told the Post such reports were exaggerated, noting only that the "Love on Top" singer held court in a reserved sixth-floor suite.