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Unless you spent this past weekend under a rock, you surely heard by now that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s much-anticipated baby girl made her debut Saturday night at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Although mama Beyonce shared her pregnancy news in fierce fashion at the MTV Video Music Awards last August, the birth of the baby named Blue Ivy Carter has raised so many questions:
Was the baby born prematurely? Unless B intentionally misled us (always a possibility), this was supposed to be a February baby -- Beyonce said so herself on Australia's "Sunday Night" program in October, according to the Huffington Post. So did this bundle of joy arrive early? It doesn't appear the baby spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit, although reports say that she gave birth in an executive suite on the same floor as the NICU. The baby's weight was a "healthy 7 pounds," according to a statement from the couple reported in People -- which would suggest that the baby was at least close to full-term, though a baby could be born a month early and still weigh that much. But the real answer may lie in a song titled "Glory" Jay-Z released yesterday, which reveals that Baby Blue was conceived in Paris. If we're talking about the couple's April 22 to April 24 trip to Paris, that would put Bey's due date right around January 15 -- and most women deliver during the window of two weeks before or after their due date.
Did Beyonce have a c-section? According to E! Online "multiple sources" confirmed little Blue Ivy's cesarean debut was planned -- although the above statement from the couple says that she delivered the baby "naturally." (No word if they're implying that she did not have an epidural or other pain relief.) Medically speaking, there are several reasons for a scheduled c-section, such as when the baby is breech or when there is a maternal or fetal health condition. While some parents-to-be choose to schedule their birth earlier for convenience reasons, that trend is being banned in some states.
Is this the most expensive birth ever? Although a Lenox Hill Hospital spokesperson denied a report that the couple spent $1.3 million to rent out an entire floor of the hospital and make security changes, it's clear the couple shelled out serious cash to ensure that no pics of the new parents or baby "accidentally" surfaced online. According to the New York Post, the couple spent the last two months supervising renovations to the fourth floor maternity wing where she is currently recovering. Alterations reportedly include the installation of a bulletproof door to her room, and special curtains and tape to prevent anyone from sneaking a peek. Hospital staffers were reportedly required to surrender their cell phones during their shift, a change from the usual policy.
Did Beyonce’s birth bother any other new parents at the hospital? Although Beyonce and Jay-Z seem to have paid up for the privilege of privacy during and after their daughter’s birth, fellow new parents say the hoopla surrounding Blue's debut frustratingly limited their access to their own children. The New York Daily News interviewed new dad Neil Coulon, who was fuming that the star birth prevented him from seeing his newborn twins in the NICU. "Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU…just because they wanted to use the hallway," said Coulon. "These are children with problems in intensive care and you're just going to take over the hospital like you own it? All I want is an apology."
Did Beyonce have a miscarriage before this pregnancy? Yes, according to the song Jay-Z released yesterday. The track declares his daughter his "greatest creation" and also talks about a lost pregnancy: "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/ We was afraid you disappeared," he raps. "But no, baby, you magic." The track ends with the sound of a sweet baby crying. No official word yet on whether the cries are from his own precious baby girl, although the song says it features "B.I.C." Could it be little Blue Ivy Carter?