Rumors continue to run rampant as Beyonce fans, and even members of the once-respected national media, wonder if Beyonce is in labor and about to give birth.
One gossip blog, which has zero credibility, claims Beyonce is giving birth any minute now at Manhattan’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospital. In fact, if you rely on the shaky word of that unreliable gossip blog, Beyonce has been in labor at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt for 4 days now.
I was a young nurse in 1989 when I took a traveling assignment to NY to work at New York Cornell Medical Center for 6 months. At the end of my assignment — as I packed my bags to leave the harsh, inhospitable environment of New York forever — I received a phone call from my travel agency asking if I would be willing to cross the picket line at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospital where the nurses had gone on strike.
“Sure, I’ll do it,” I responded. I never understood how nurses could put money and vacation time over patient’s lives. I was told to be careful, that the striking nurses were very hostile and had already assaulted one agency nurse. I was advised to wear street clothes and to carry my uniform and nursing equipment in a shopping bag — which I did.
As I approached the massive picket line outside St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, I was forced to walk through a gauntlet of screaming nurses who pelted me with questions (“Who are You? What’s in that bag?!”)
Inside the hospital, I was met by a warm and appreciative hospital administration who seemed very happy to see me.
During the night, the hospital reached an agreement with the New York nurses union, and the striking nurses returned to work the next morning. The same warm and appreciative nursing administration who welcomed us with open arms the day before, now turned their backs on us and pretended not to see or hear their nurses hurling insults, and even physical threats, at us.
The hospital administrators hustled us out of the building — for our own safety, they said.
Now St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospital nursing staff are planning to go on strike again next week. Innocent patients will undoubtedly die if that happens.
So it comes as no surprise that Beyonce may have chosen St. Luke’s-Roosevelt to give birth to her mythical baby, rather than the well-respected NY Cornell Hospital just up the street — where everything is done by the book.
Given the history of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt’s hospital, I wouldn’t put it past their administrators to turn their backs and pretend not to notice as Beyonce walks through their doors with a pillow stuffed under her dress — and walks out again with a surrogate’s baby in her arms.