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The fallout from a celebrity birth: other parents complain that security required by Jay-Z/Beyonce hindered their visits

It's tough out there in celebrity-land. Jay-Z and wife Beyonce had their baby, and they're rightfully delighted.

But the security plans instigated apparently on their behalf--the cordoning off of sections of the hospital, and the blocking of certain visitors--has prompted a backlash.

The New York Daily News: Edgar Ramirez misses precious hours of newborn's life because of Beyonce and Jay-Z security detail: Bronx dad compared Lenox Hill Hospital to prison because of tight security for Blue Ivy Carter

The New York Daily News: Blue Ivy Carter already getting special treatment: Security for Beyonce's baby stops Bed-Stuy dad from seeing his newborn twins; Brooklyn dad says Beyonce's security stopped him and wife from seeing their preemie twin girls

The New York Post: Beyonce’s hospital mates baby-bumped: Lockdown’ infuriates other new parents

The New York Times: As R&B Royalty Gives Birth, Security Irks Hospital’s Other Patients

MSNBC: Hospital denies Beyonce rented a whole floor for birth: Lenox Hill spokesperson says star was in executive suite, was 'billed the standard rate'


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