Some people are just so positive and full of joy that this love shines out of them and is spread to everyone around them. Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, an OB-GYN at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center’s Magee-Womens Hospital, is one of these beautiful souls.
Andrew-Jaja has such reverence for life that he bursts out in a celebratory song when he delivers a new baby into this world.
He’s delivered more than 8,000 babies in the last 30 years, according to Huffington Post, and has greeted each of these babies with the “Happy Birthday” song as soon as they arrive into this world.
Now Andrew-Jaja also goes by the nickname, “Singing Doctor.”
He’s been singing to babies every since he was a resident.
“I like to sing but this particular part, singing to babies, started when I was a resident. There was a gentleman, an older obstetrician-gynecologist on staff and he loved to sing.”
He would often join the other doctor in singing but eventually, the tradition was passed down to Andrew-Jaja.
“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, it’s yours’ so, I took it over. He passed on the baton to me and I sing to the babies ever since then.”
Andrew-Jaja says he sees children as the beautiful gift they are to this world.
“They’re special. Each child is an individual. 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,” he explains with great love and enthusiasm.
“So to me, it’s a wonderful thing in my hand. The miracle of life and the rest of it, it’s a beautiful world we live in. You forget about all the crisis going on for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”
Andrew-Jaja even sees the children he delivers as a part of his own family.
“Ethan was a grandchild because I delivered his dad, so that was a grandchild,” he explains. “I call it that but I feel that way about the babies I deliver.”
He even stops in for visits after the babies are born.
“My own patients, even if I didn’t deliver them, I try to stop by in the hospital and visit them and share time with them,” he said.
The hospital even shot a short video on Andrew-Jaja in 2013 that went viral and has been viewed 3.7 million times.
“Talia how do you do,” he says to a baby singing “What a Wonderful World.” “They’re really saying I love you. Welcome to our wonderful world.”
Andrew-Jaja says he finds great joy in forging this connection with babies and their families.
“It opens up a big connection between us,” he explains. “I feel an obligation and I enjoy the opportunity to celebrate with the family. I like to do that.”
Learn more about this beautiful man in the video below.
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