Dr. Carey D. Andrew-Jaja of Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh lives his life with a motto in mind: “Confront every encounter with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.”
It’s a mantra he takes literally, and he hopes he’s passed it on to every human life he’s brought into this world. In fact, this amazing doctor has made sure the babies he’s delivered began life with a song in their heart — and it’s a song he sang to each baby personally.
Over the span of his 40-year career, Dr. Andrew-Jaja delivered more than 8,000 babies, including multiple generations of babies. And for each and every baby, he serenaded them with sweet songs like “Happy Birthday” and “What a Wonderful World” immediately upon their introduction to the world.
The wonderful tradition inspired not only new moms and dads but also his entire staff. The delivery room would fill with joy as the doctors, nurses, and loved ones joined together to serenade the newest family members.
“When I was singing to those babies, I think I’m singing to a future important person,” Dr. Andrew-Jaja told Inside Edition. “That’s the credit I give to all of them.”
Not only does singing to the babies and their mothers help form an instantaneous bond, but it also injects a dose of fun not often experienced in the delivery room.
The “Singing Doctor” retired in June 2019, but the city of Pittsburgh declared May 16 as the “Jaja Day.”