A doctor is being honored by the city of Pittsburgh, not only for his 40 years of medical practice but also for his voice.
Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, also known as the “singing doctor,” has delivered over 8,000 babies during his time at the UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
And the obstetrician-gynecologist welcomed each one of those babies into the world with a song.
“I like to sing. But this particular part of singing to babies started when I was a resident. There was a gentleman, an older obstetrician-gynecologist on staff, and he loved to sing. And later on when he was about to retire, he asked me, ‘Andy, do you sing to your babies?’
And I said, ‘Well, no. It’s your stuff. And he said, ‘Go ahead, do it.’ So, I took it over. He passed on the baton to me and I took it over and I started to sing to my babies ever since then and I do it every time.””
Although Andrew-Jaja has since retired, he continues to visit his patients and their newborns and sing them a song.
Dr. Andrew-Jaja is known as the singing doctor for singing "Happy Birthday" to each baby he delivers. To honor his dedication to patient care, @CoreyOConnorPGH declared today to be Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja Day in @CityPGH. ??? pic.twitter.com/pGULNeD2PU
— UPMC (@UPMCnews) May 16, 2019
According to Cafe Mom, mom Lindsay Grimes was one of the doctor’s last patients to be serenaded by the doctor before he retired in June.
“He has the most beautiful voice and, of course, he includes their name and ends the song with ‘Welcome to our beautiful world, Luella,’ which brought me to tears, because it is such a beautiful world.”
Furthermore, Andrew-Jaja said new life helps him forget about the world’s troubles.
“To me, it’s a wonderful thing in my hand, the miracle of life. And the rest of is that it’s a beautiful world we live in. We forget about all the crisis going on everywhere for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”
And serenading the infants allows him to form a bond with the family.
The doctor said:
“Each of them is an individual. You know, I’ve delivered thousands and thousands of babies. When I’m singing to those babies, I think I’m singing to a future important person. That’s the credit I give to all of them.”
The city of Pittsburgh has declared May 16 to be “Jaja day” to honor the doctor’s legacy.