Stars are go­ing the ex­tra mile for home birth

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AS THE world’s rich­est celebrity cou­ple, Bey­oncé, 35, and Jay Z, 47, do noth­ing by halves – and that in­cludes the im­mi­nent birth of their twins.

The cou­ple are re­ported to be shun­ning a tra­di­tional hos­pi­tal de­liv­ery room and are in­stead turn­ing their Hol­ly­wood man­sion into a £1 mil­lion (R16.5m) pri­vate ma­ter­nity ward.

Med­i­cal equip­ment in­clud­ing in­cu­ba­tors and “an en­tire pro­fes­sional neona­tal wing” has been shipped into the cou­ple’s £100 000-a-month rented prop­erty as they plan the ul­ti­mate in home births.

Vans full of high-tech kit have been seen ar­riv­ing at the man­sion over re­cent days, sug­gest­ing the due day is fast ap­proach­ing – even though Bey­oncé has been un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally shy about ex­actly when the twins are ex­pected.

A neigh­bour said: “It is all about pri­vacy and safety. It’s not usual for some­one ex­pect­ing twins to have them at home, but Bey­oncé has dis­cussed it with her doc­tors.

“She’s in prime phys­i­cal con­di­tion and they are set­ting up a pro­fes­sional ma­ter­nity unit in­side the house for the birth. There will also be an am­bu­lance on standby to take her to Cedars-Si­nai Hos­pi­tal should she or the ba­bies need hos­pi­tal care.

“Jay Z can be seen go­ing in and out of the prop­erty but Bey­oncé is ly­ing low.

“There are food de­liv­er­ies and ser­vice vans ar­riv­ing all day.”

In­stalling the med­i­cal equip­ment at the £20m nine-bed­room house – which once be­longed to Madonna – should avoid a re­peat of the row which broke out in 2012 when Bey­oncé gave birth to her daugh­ter, Blue Ivy, in New York’s Lenox Hill Hos­pi­tal.

Other pa­tients com­plained to the me­dia about Bey­oncé’s large en­tourage, claim­ing they had been un­nec­es­sar­ily “heavy-handed” and ob­structed vis­i­tors.

How­ever, the hos­pi­tal later in­sisted no for­mal com­plaints had been re­ceived, and also de­nied re­ports the cou­ple had spent $1m rent­ing out an en­tire floor.

The source added: “Bey­oncé and Jay Z were up­set by that neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity at what should have been the hap­pi­est time in their lives. They are de­ter­mined not to re­peat that ex­pe­ri­ence, which is why Bey­oncé wants to give birth at home this time around.

“Of course, she has a team of med­i­cal staff ad­vis­ing her and, should her doc­tors say she needs to move to hos­pi­tal, then that is what will hap­pen.”

Cedars-Si­nai, famed for its lux­u­ri­ous birthing suites used by celebri­ties like Kim

Hos­pi­tal is less than a 5-minute drive away

Kar­dashian, is less than a fiveminute drive from the man­sion where Bey­oncé and Jay Z have been liv­ing.


READY TO POP: Bey­oncé shows her bump as she holds awards for Best Ur­ban Con­tem­po­rary Al­bum and Best Mu­sic Video at the Grammy Awards in Fe­bru­ary.

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