OBGYNs are tasked with a very important job. They are the channels that usher in the start of life. The newborn babies who are born at the Magee-Women’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, are ushered in a special way—with song.
The soothing melodies come from Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja. He told ABC News, “I’ve delivered about 8,000 babies and I must have sung at least to six or 7,000 of them.” Dr. Andrew-Jaja began the practice of singing to the brand-new babies he just delivered while he was a young resident and learning from a physician who did the same. “He was about to retire. He asked me to continue the tradition,” he said. “And I’ve done it ever since.” The good doctor’s repertoire of songs includes everything from the expected “Happy Birthday” to the lovely “What a Wonderful World.”
“Sometimes the pregnancy has been difficult, the delivery has been complex and yet most of the time out comes this beautiful baby, and it’s a moment when you forget that fear,” he told ABC News.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center posted a clip of the serenading doctor to YouTube, which has immediately propelled the doctor into the spotlight. “When I’m singing to those babies I think that I’m singing to a future important person,” Dr. Andrew-Jaja says in the video. “That’s the credit I give to all of them.”
How magnificent is that?
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