A singing doctor almost sounds too good to be true. Though we can’t say for sure what doctors usually do after they deliver a baby, Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja gives each newborn he cradles in his arms a very special gift: He sings to them.
An OB-GYN at Magee Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Dr. Andrew-Jaja, known as the “singing doctor,” serenades every newborn baby he delivers, providing a beautiful and unique experience to every new person in their first moments of life.
He actually adopted the practice from his mentor after the latter retired. Dr. Andrew-Jaja usually sings pretty simple songs like “Happy Birthday” or “What a Wonderful World,” and has a heartwarming reason for this ritual.
“They’re special,” he says of his newborns. “You forget about all the crisis going on everywhere for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”
He has delivered thousands of babies, and truly creates a special bond with each and every one. His own personal mantra is “Confront every encounter with a smile on your face and a song in your heart,” something that he apparently takes very literally and practices every single day.
More on Magee: The hospital was ranked in this year’s annual U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals issue. It also ranks nationally in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, as well as orthopedics. It is one of the nation’s top hospitals for women, and combines a “wealth of specialty services with a traditional focus on gynecologic and obstetric services.”
The singing doctor is just a bonus.