'The Singing Doctor' welcomes newborns with a song

PITTSBURGH (KGO) -- After delivering 8,000 babies, a man known as "The Singing Doctor" in Pennsylvania is suddenly a viral sensation. And it's all because of how he welcomes all of the newborns into the world.

For decades, Dr. Carey D. Andrew-Jaja has been welcoming new life with song.

"I've delivered about 8,000 babies," he said. "And I must have sung at least to 6,000 or 7,000 of them."

The Pittsburgh physician musician's melodies soothing his tiny patients are something he calls a labor of love.

"Sometimes the pregnancy has been difficult, the delivery has been complex, and yet most of the time out comes this beautiful baby and it's a moment when you forget that fear," he said.

It all started when he was a young resident, learning from a physician who sang regularly to the babies he delivered.

"He was about to retire," said Andrew-Jaja. "He asked me to continue the tradition, and I've done it ever since."

He adds, "When I'm singing to those babies I think that 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's it's a beautiful world we live in. Forget about all the crisis going on everywhere for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you."

Good Morning America contributed to this report.
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