What a Great Tradition! Watch This Special Doctor Sing to His Tiny Patients

Experts say that a baby’s first moments after birth and outside of their mother’s womb are important ones. Sure, all hospitals and birthing centers give the mother and child a safe environment, but how many can say that they offer entertainment? You see, the little boys and girls who are lucky enough to be born at Magee-Women’s Hospital of Pittsburg under the care of one joyful OB-GYN get a special musical welcome into the world. Get ready to starting smiling ear-to-ear, because this story is just, well, adorable!

Dr. Carey D. Andrew-Jaja – the clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburg – does something beyond sweet— he sings to the newborns in his delivery room.

Dr. Andrew-Jaja smiling with babyUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Of this adorable tradition, Andrew-Jaja says: “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, and he asked me, ‘Andy, do you sing to your babies?’ And I said, ‘No, it’s your stuff.’ 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.”

This OB-GYN’s passion is absolutely contagious. He goes on to gush about his tiny patients by saying: “They’re special! Each of them is an individual— and 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 what I give to all of them [. . .] You forget all about the crises going on everywhere, for a moment, when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”

The best part about this story is that this simple act has affected so many lives. In fact, Ethan, the newborn who is featured in the story, is actually part of the second generation of babies that Dr. Andrew-Jaja has delivered. Yup, that’s right— he delivered Ethan’s dad too!

The good doctor even does his best to visit as many of his babies as he can post-delivery, just so that he can sing to them some more. And believe us— the guy can really sing! Whether it’s a joyful version of “Happy Birthday” or a sentimental rendition of “It’s a Wonderful World,” it’s clear that the newborns (and their moms) appreciate his soulful vocal stylings.

doctor singing to newborn babyUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Check out the video of Dr. Andrew-Jaja singing to his littlest patients below. If this doesn’t put a big grin on your face, then we don’t know what will!

What do you think of this doctor’s special tradition? Do you want to acknowledge any wonderful medical personnel out there? Are there any special birth experiences that you would care to share? We’d love to hear your stories. Tell us all about them in the comments section below!