According to the New York Daily News, the superstars rented out the entire fourth floor of the hospital for 1.3 million dollars.
Many other security measures were taken: Beyoncé checked in on Friday night under the pseudonym Ingrid Jackson, hospital staffers taped the lenses of security cameras and collected employees cell phones when they arrived for their shifts. Apparently a doctor complained that he had “patients to see” when, late Saturday night, he was barred from entering the fourth floor. Security guards patrolled the streets below.
Jeesh, I don’t know what to say. Sounds like a helluva birth experience for Beyoncé and any other woman attempting to give birth at Lenox Hill over the weekend. On the one hand she seems to have gotten the Diva Package, what with the whole floor and all, but on the other: how fraught all of this is! Birth is not a performance. If she checked in Friday, I’m GUESSING she labored for some time before having a c-section. The 2008 c-section rate at the Lenox Hill hospital is just over 40%. The details of the birth (did she have Pitocin?! Cervadil? a doula? what did they do with all those empty rooms on the 4th floor?), we’ll probably never know, nor is it any of our business.
I do wonder the impact this has made on other patients. I read on my Facebook feed this morning that a mom at Lenox Hill doesn’t have access to her newly born twins due to heightened security. I hope this is just a rumor.
Already the Internet is buzzing over the name, which according to an Entertainment Weekly writer, sounds like, “detergent, trendy liqueur, or curious shade of denim.” Ivy fits with the trend of old fashioned names. According to the Baby Name Wizard, Ivy has never been more popular–it ranked as the 299th most popular girl’s name in 2010. The last time it was in fashion was around 1880.