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Should Parents Be Denied Access to Their Newborn?

Hip-Hop Princess Blue Ivy Carter isn’t even a week old and is already disrupting parents from visiting with their newborn babies in the hospital.

Well, I guess it really isn’t her choice — but the choice of her famous parents Beyonce and Jay Z.

The New York Post reported yesterday the story of a man named Neil Coulon. A father of premature twins currently being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Which just so happens to be the same hospital the hip-hop diva was born in on Saturday.

Blue Ivy’s birth brought extraordinary security measures in the hospital which also means parents are currently being restricted from visiting their own new babies. Sounds unreal right?  I would be pissed!

The story itself poses a question to parents all across the board: Should parents lose access to their own children because of a celebrity newborn?

I say no, and so does Neil, the father in question.

“They just used the hospital like it was their own and nobody else mattered,” raged new dad Neil Coulon, whose efforts to see his premature, newborn twins in the neonatal ICU were disrupted by the birth of little Blue Ivy Carter.

“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!”

If you ask me, it is not only unfair to parents, but extremely problematic for parents who may have a new baby in the NICU.

As a mother of a baby who spent a nerve wracking 36 hours in the NICU, I can tell you — celebrity or not, no one would have kept me away from my son during that time. P-E-R-I-O-D!

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