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Breastfeeding Advocates Praise Beyoncé for Nursing Daughter in Public

Alo Ceballos/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Breastfeeding advocates are praising singer Beyoncé after the pop star was spotted breastfeeding her 7-week-old daughter, Blue Ivy, while dining at New York City’s Sant Ambroeus restaurant this weekend with her husband, Jay-Z.

A megastar helps to take away the stigma of nursing in public, experts said. And role models are needed to help young women see the value and the beauty of breastfeeding, said Dr. Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

“Beyoncé appears as a beautiful, loving new mother,” said Lawrence. “She has dressed to carry and feed her baby when needed.  She makes a model image.”

The report comes not long after nurses protested at Facebook’s offices after the social network flagged and took down several photos users had posted of mothers breastfeeding their children. The site disabled the accounts of some moms who had uploaded the nursing pictures.

“I think Beyonce has a huge impact on being able to re-normalize breastfeeding and give women confidence to do the same,” said Emma Kwasnica, a childbirth and breastfeeding educator who helped spearhead the Facebook nurse-in. “Images of pop stars and celebrities giving their babies nourishment will never harm our cause.”

While breastfeeding is natural, the act has been marginalized and stigmatized in American culture, said Dr. Alison Stuebe, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of North Carolina Health Care.

“[And] at the expense of the health and well-being of mothers and babies,” said Stuebe. “By bringing breastfeeding into the mainstream, Beyoncé can help break down barriers so that mothers and babies can breastfeed in peace.”

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Health Officials Will Not Investigate Beyonce’s Baby Delivery

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital says the birth of Beyonce's daughter did not inconvenience other parents.

While the birth of Blue Ivy Carter was “heaven” for Beyonce and Jay-Z, other new parents at the hospital have said it was the polar opposite for them. But state health officials determined Tuesday that Lenox Hill did nothing wrong.

“Staff spoke with the hospital [and] determined there were no violations,” Michael Moran, a representative for the New York State Health Department, said in an email statement to ABC News. "And we have received no complaints.”

Moran added that “no investigation is ongoing” and said he couldn’t speculate on whether an investigation would be launched if formal complaints were filed with the department.

Earlier Tuesday, Lenox Hill released a statement shooting down reports that the star couple paid $1.3 million for a luxury baby delivery suite and said that while the family, “does have its own security detail,” the hospital has, "made every effort to ensure minimal disruption to other families experiencing the births of their own children over the past three days,” and, “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.”

Rozz Nash-Coulon and her husband Neil, who were visiting their twin daughters in the neonatal intensive care unit the day before Blue Ivy was born, aired their grievances about Lenox Hill’s treatment in a New York Times article Monday. The couple previously vented to The New York Daily News. They described being stopped by burly, earpiece-wearing security guards with “Special Event” badges and seeing the maternity ward transformed, its windows covered and security cameras taped over.

“It was just really disgusting,” Rozz Nash-Coulon told the paper. "We really believe the hospital is culpable in this because they didn’t let us know what was happening. And the security of our children is at risk when you cover security cameras.”

Another new father, Edgar Ramirez, told the Times that security guards kept him out of the neonatal unit for three hours, while his wife and newborn waited for him.

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Beyonce Says Birth Was ‘Natural,’ Despite Caesarian Reports

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Royal pop/rap couple Beyonce and Jay-Z issued a statement Monday that she had given birth “naturally” to daughter Blue Ivy on Jan. 7. But initial reports from TMZ prompted Internet buzz over questions about whether a Caesarian birth had been planned.

Some asked: “Is natural childbirth extinct?” with C-sections at an all-time high in the United States.

Today, one in every three babies in the U.S. is born by Caesarean section -- about 32.3 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Health Statistics. The rate rose by 53 percent between 1996 and 2007 alone.

“Hello Hello Baby Blue,” said the official statement from the couple late Monday. “We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter … 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."

Early speculation began because more women -- not just those who are at high risk -- are choosing to schedule a Caesarian rather than waiting for labor to begin. It is often called the “Posh push,” so named for Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, who with her husband soccer legend David Beckham, had four children by planned C-section.

Women say a C-section is more convenient, less painful and prevents vaginal stretching. Some also opt for a tummy tuck after surgery.

The medical term for this is “delivery on maternal request,” according to Dr. Vincenzo Berghella, director of maternal fetal medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. “It’s not a new phenomenon -- it’s been going on for years.”

Only about 10 percent of American women choose to have a Caesarian this way, and the rate is far higher in countries like Italy and Brazil, where the C-section rate is almost 90 percent of all births,  according to Berghella.

“Women don’t want to mess their bodies up,” he said.

“Like anything else, it has possible consequences and risks,” said Berghella. “If you were a 40-year-old or older woman having just one baby, having one C-section and not planning any more babies is not that unreasonable because the problem with doing a C-section just for the sake of doing it, you have a lot more risk to both the mother and baby.”

It’s not only expectant mothers, but doctors who favor Caesarians. In a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 29 percent of doctors polled said they were performing more C-sections because they feared lawsuits. Traditional births can lead to more complications than a C-section procedure.

But the trend has alarmed some medical professionals who say C-sections are more likely to cause problems that put the mother in the hospital -- and the baby in intensive care.

A condition called placenta accreta, which can kill both mother and baby, is on the rise in the U.S., largely because of the increase in C-sections.

Once a rare event that affected 1 in 30,000 pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s, placenta accreta now affects 1 in 2,500 pregnancies, according to a 2007 report in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In some hospitals, the number is as high as 1 in 522.

A Caesarian, or any kind of surgery, including an abortion or a D & C, can destroy that layer, allowing the placenta to invade the body cavity.

“There is a chance of needing a transfusion and even losing the uterus to bleeding and much more a chance of infection and even dying of it,” said Berghella.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Michelle Obama Busts a Move for Health Initiative

LetsMove [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- It’s not every day that you see the first lady of the United States doing “The Running Man” and “The Dougie.”  But on Tuesday, Michelle Obama, well, busted a move.

While visiting the Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Obama watched students perform the dance routine choreographed by Beyonce for Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.  The video, called a “Let's Move!" flash workout, is set to Beyonce’s "Move Your Body” and aims to get kids moving in an attempt to curb childhood obesity.

“Beyoncé is one of my favorite performers on the planet.  And when she agreed to remake her video and do this "Let's Move!" flash workout, I was so excited, because this is what we’ve been talking about -- that exercise and moving can be fun,” Mrs. Obama said.  “It’s about dancing, it’s about moving.”

The first lady said that she she hadn't had time to learn the moves so as “not to embarrass” herself, she’d just watch from the sidelines as the students danced in front of her on the football field.

But once the music started, Mrs. Obama couldn’t resist and she started mimicking the moves -- including The Dougie, The Running Man, the Cha-Cha, and the Rumba, among many other choreographed dance moves.

She called for a second playing of the song so she could join in, which she did.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Beyonce Joins Michelle Obama's Initiative to Fight Childhood Obesity

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a lively video released Wednesday, Beyonce, clad in short shorts, green knee socks and signature stilettos, leads a cafeteria full of kids in a dance routine, encouraging them to move their bodies.  Beyonce created the video to promote first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign, which seeks to curb childhood obesity.

The Grammy Award-winning singer joins the ranks of other high-profile celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who have all volunteered their fame to promote a healthy lifestyle.

"Beyonce clearly recognizes that schools play a pivotal role in obesity prevention, including healthy school meals, and opportunities for an hour or more a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity," said Dr. George R. Flores, senior program manager of the California Endowment.

In the music video, Beyonce bounds into a busy cafeteria singing a remix of her song "Get Me Bodied," with words encouraging kids to "move your body."

"A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody," Beyonce sings with some everyday students turned dancers, behind her.

The first lady launched the "Let's Move!" campaign last year.  The movement gives facts, tips and advice on how families and schools can create healthier meals and incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

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