Special Delivery: Singing Obstetrician Brings Babies Into the World

Singing Obstrition
Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja sings to his newest little patient

*When the big moment comes and a new mother finds herself being rushed to the maternity ward to have her baby, suffice it to say, she is not in the best mood. She will need a lot of pampering to get her through these next hours.

Then the time comes to bring that little bundle of joy into the world, and after all the laboring is over, all you want to know is, is my baby alright? Is he or she going to give that first cry?

The doctor will no doubt be offering encouraging words to you. “You’re doing fine.” “This is going to be over before you know it!” But, if you are a patient at Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital of UMPC, and Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja is in your room doing the honors, he is softly clearing his throat because he plans to deliver your precious bundle of joy with…a song?

Dr. Andrew-Jaja welcomes his littlest patients into the world by way of song. Your baby may hear him singing “Happy Birthday” or Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” ABC News reports.

“I’ve delivered about 8,000 babies, and I must have sung at least to 6,000 or 7,000 of them,” Andrew-Jaja told the news site. And other hospital staff cherrily join in.

According to ABC, Andrew-Jaja is just the inheritor of the adorable tradition, learning it as a young resident from a physician who sang to newborns. “He was about to retire. He asked me to continue the tradition,” Andrew-Jaja  said. “And I’ve done it ever since.”

Now that the tradition has caught on, some patients do admit that they would be disappointed if he did not greet their special bundle with a song, too.

“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. So to me it’s a wonderful thing in my hand, the miracle of life, and the rest of it is that it’s a beautiful world we live in,” the doctor added in a video posted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on YouTube.

Read more at ABC News.

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