For newborn babies born at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, their first moments in the world are truly special. The first thing they hear is a song.
Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, known to everyone around the hospital as “The Singing Doctor,” serenades each newborn he delivers with a precious song. He began the practice of singing to babies while he was a young resident. His mentor, an older physician sang, and Dr. Andrew-Jaja quickly picked up on the habit.
Dr. Andrew-Jaja tells ABC News, “I’ve delivered about 8,000 babies and I must have sung at least to six or 7,000 of them.”
When asked why he sings at birth, Dr. Andrew-Jaja provides the perfect response.
“When I’m singing to those babies I think that I’m signing to a future important person. That’s the credit I give to all of them. So, to me, it’s a wonderful thing in my hand, the miracle of life. The rest of it is that’s it’s a beautiful world we live in. You forget about all the crisis going on everywhere, for a moment, when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”