The hospital also confiscated all the staff's cell phones to prevent cell photos.
I am gonna be the voice of dissent.
My day job is at a healthcare company. Patient information protection is of the utmost importance but sometimes, unfortunately, even staffers violate HIPAA laws and patient privacy rules. Some of our facilities have this rule as a permanent thing, not only to protect the celebs, but patient information in general. Anyone can steal someones medical information just by snapping a picture of their records on a computer screen. Also, most people have smart phones these days. They can use them to facebook, twitter, take picutres, email, IM, etc... all it would have taken was one staffer to facebook that Beyonce and Jay-Z were there from their phone for it to become a problem.
A lot of celebs use our facilities partly because of this rule actually. They know they can at least get a minimal garuntee of privacy (where the staff is involved anyway) that way. A pretty big celebrity gave birth in one of our hospitals recently without any of this fanfare. She was flown in by chopper but none of the other extreme measures were put into place. (However, if I remember correctly this was a planned arrival as it the baby was born surgically and she had a private room so that may be where it's different.) In another case however, a nurse actually saw that a celeb had been checked in via emergency room and started calling all her family and friends about it. They also tried to take a photo of the celeb while they were in emergency surgery. She was terminated over it.
Unfortunately, it's become necassary for the privacy of the patient (aka: celeb) to put rules like this in place because no matter how much you'd LIKE to trust the staff to be professional, inevitably there is always at least ONE staffer/patient of the facility/ someone visiting who will behave egriously.
As far as closing the wing down, again, while I find it to be very very poor planning on the couples part and the hospitals, I understand the mindset behind it. Again, there would have been SOMEONE, whether it be staff or someone else at the hospital that would have tried to get a picture or autogpraph or something. That, or the possibility of a crowd gathering to get a glimpse once word got out. They had to control it somehow.
People think of celebs as open targets and feel entitled to a celebs photo, autographs, etc... I mean, even here on this forum, people defend "taking a celebs picture in a public area" quite often. It's not unthinkable that someone would have done so there. It's also not hard to believe someone would have tried to snap a picture of the baby and sell it to a tabloid. Or people would have, upon hearing the news that Beyonce and Jay-Z were there, started to gather at the hospital thus further burdening the staff, security, and possibly causing distress to other patients and their families.
Despite all of that... Do I like that they locked it down though? No. Do I condone the father not getting to his babies? No. I think a better solution would have been to admit them to a private suite as discreetly as possible and then limited the number of staff permitted to work the case. I am dissapointed in how the hospital chose to handle it, but I understand exactly why the hospital and celebs demanded that level of extreme privacy and took the measures that they did.