Frank Danza, a spokesman for Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, released the following statement about Blue Ivy’s birth:
“Lenox Hill Hospital and its staff were delighted to welcome the Carter family for the birth of their firstborn on Saturday evening, but we are troubled by the misinformation being circulated in some news media reports,” Danza said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday afternoon. “The suggestion that the couple paid $1.3 million to rent an entire maternity floor is simply not true. The family is housed in an executive suite at the hospital and is being billed the standard rate for those accommodations. Our executive suites are available for any patient, including the food service and amenities provided to the Carter family.”
Danza also addressed reports that the brood’s bodyguards inconvenienced other patients — preventing one man from seeing his newborn twins, per a New York Daily News story in which the father, Neil Coulon, claimed he’d been banned from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit by the couple’s private security.
“The family does have its own security detail on site. However, the hospital has been and continues to be in control of managing all security at the facility,” Danza said, clarifying the report. “We have made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days. No security plan that we or the Carter’s security team put in place would have prevented or delayed families from gaining access to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and to date, no families have complained to the hospital about being denied access to the NICU.”
Jay-Z and Beyonce released the following shared statement:
Hello Hello Baby Blue!
We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.
She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.
We are thankful
– Jay-Z & Beyonce