Doctor Sings To Every Baby He Delivers (Video)

14/08/2014 17:03 | Updated 20 May 2015

singing doctor Carey Andrew-Jaja

Dr Carey Andrew-Jaja has earned the nickname 'the singing doctor' for his unique way of welcoming babies into the world - crooning to them in the delivery room.

His tradition might seem eccentric, but for the 67-year-old obstetrician, who has been delivering babies for over 30 years, his unique welcome is a way of celebrating the individual.

"I've delivered thousands and thousands of babies," he says. "When I'm singing to those babies, I think: 'I'm singing to a future important person'."

Dr Andrew-Jaja, who is originally from Nigeria, says he picked up the custom from an older doctor while he was still a young resident in the 1970s.

"When he was about to retire, he asked me: 'Andy, do you sing to your babies?'," Dr Andrew-Jaja recalls. "So I took it over, he passed on the baton."

Since that day, the doctor has been every newborn he delivers at the Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a song to celebrate the miracle of life.

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In fact, he's been doing it for so long that he recently delivered a little boy named Ethan whose father was also born under Dr Andrew-Jaja's care and received his own delivery room ditty.

Babies are guaranteed an impressive performance, too. Dr Andrew-Jaja, who has three adult children himself, is on the board of Pittsburgh's Mendelssohn Choir and sings solos at his local church.

​"I love Dr. Jaja. We love to hear him sing," nurse Jaime Ford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, whose own children were delivered by Dr Andrew-Jaja. "They love it - every patient I know."

His favourite song choice in the maternity ward? 'Happy Birthday', of course.

But his repertoire is varied: new parents and nurses might be invited to join the Singing Doctor for a rendition of What A Wonderful World, for instance, a song which has a particular resonance for Dr Andrew-Jaja.

"It's a beautiful world we live in. You forget about all the crises in the world for a moment, when you see that miracle of life in front of you."

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