Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja has delivered thousands of babies in Pittsburgh during his 40 years of practice and he adds a little something extra to each delivery: a song for the newborn. He’s earned the nickname “The Singing Doctor” for singing to each baby and now the city is honoring him with his own day - May 16th will now “Jaja Day” in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Andrew-Jaja says he started the tradition during his residency, when an older doctor he worked with loved to sing and encouraged him to do the same. Over the years, he’s sung tunes including, “Happy Birthday” and “What a Wonderful World” and the parents, as well as his tiny patients, seem to love it.
“When I’m singing to those babies, I think, ‘I’m singing to a future important person’” he explains. “So, to me, it’s a wonderful thing in my hands, the miracle of life. You forget about the crisis going on everywhere for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you.”