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Singing in the delivery room

by Bev Foster

Music is used as a means of enhancing care in many contexts and may make an instantaneous human connection in the delivery room. That is why Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, aka “The Singing Doctor” provides the new lives he delivers with a musical welcome into this world.


For Dr. Andrew-Jaja, the delivery room is an opportunity to celebrate the miracle of life. An obstetrician who has delivered more than 8,000 babies, Andrew-Jaja sings a song to the babies he delivers, anything from Happy Birthday to What a Wonderful World. And he invites all attending in the delivery room to join in.

Dr. Andrew-Jaja is on staff at the Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Centre. He says “when I’m singing to the babies, I’m singing to a future important person”. He believes each one is special and individual.

Dr. Andrew-Jaja was mentored in this tradition as a young resident by the physician he trained with.

Dr. Andrew-Jaja will be the opening keynote speaker at the Music Care Conference in Waterloo on Saturday November 15, 2014. For more information or to register, visit www.musiccareconference.ca