Celebrity Birth: Protecting Privacy at the Cost of Exposing Others?

Across all social media channels this week were reports of the birth of music icon Beyonce Knowles’ first child with rap star husband Jay-Z. What made headlines, however, wasn’t the baby’s name or birth weight, but rather the controversy caused by the couple’s high profile security detail, executive hospital suite rental, and over-the-top attention and accommodations. According to early reports, other parents in the hospital were delayed access to and from the NICU because of the couple’s security personnel, though a subsequent investigation dismissed the claims.

While the intention behind increased security measures for a high profile celebrity is understandable, the resulting impact to other parents and families at the hospital is not. The birth of each child is a once-in-a-lifetime, special, exciting, and sometimes stressful and anxious, time for any mom — regardless of celebrity status. All of the families at Lenox Hill Hospital should have been entitled to the same respect and safe-keeping by hospital staff, whether or not they paid extra for a lavish suite and privacy. And while it appears, in the case of Beyonce, that several measures were taken to safeguard the superstar couple’s privacy, measures were not in place to protect the rights and sanctity of other guests. In glorifying the birth experience of one mother, others’ were diminished.

Chime in! How did you react to the celebrity birth news this week? What can be done to provide the extra security that some may need, while maintaining the respect that all of us deserve?

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Cara began working with Lamaze in 2004, two years before becoming a mother. Three kids later, she's a full-fledged healthy birth advocate and the Site Administrator for Giving Birth with Confidence. Most recently Cara began study to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA certified doula (learn more about her services at www.SimpleSupportBirth.com). She continues to stand in awe of the power and beauty in pregnancy and birth, and enjoys helping women discover their own power and joy in the journey to motherhood.


  1. Heidi says:

    *Everything I mention below is based on what was reported, not based on my personal knowledge of either parent or their intentions. *
    I find it interesting that it appears that there was so much priority placed on privacy and making them feel like they were having this special event at a hospital. It almost seems unusual that they would go to such great lengths to have this kind of experience at a hospital. With the kind of money that must have been involved with what they did do, I would think they could have afforded to have a very private, very special experience at home with as many specialists, coaches, doctors, etc as they wanted and then they wouldn’t have had to worry about keeping their identities a secret or closing off areas and making other new parents have such a difficult time experiencing the birth of their babies. It seems unfair to the other parents and makes me sad. Maybe there should be special, celebrity hospitals. That way, if anyone of celebrity ever has to be seen for anything, they don’t cause this much disruption and can feel confident that their identities are secure. Ha!

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