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Monica Lee-Griffith, MD

Dr. Lee-Griffith is a mom of one, an ob-gyn, and senior staff, Henry Ford Health System in metropolitan Detroit.

How many children do you have? I have one daughter who’s almost three.

What’s your specialty? I’m an ob-gyn.

What’s your favorite parenting tip? In the newborn period, when your baby is crying, try the five Ss from The Happiest Baby on the Block. The five Ss are: swaddling, side lying, shhhing, swinging, and sucking. The five Ss saved my life.

What has surprised you most about parenting? Parenting really changes the way you look at the world. Everything has much more meaning to me now. When I hear about children being hurt or dying, I immediately become sad and teary eyed. I think that becoming a parent is the best thing that can happen to a person.

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? We eat together as a family, and our daughter eats what we eat. We also keep plenty of healthy snacks in our house, such as fresh fruit and Goldfish crackers.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? My daughter is only three, so she’s not into sports yet. We try to takes walks outside when the weather is nice. During the colder months, my husband and my daughter run around in the house each night until she gets tired out. This makes it easier for her to then go to bed.

How do you recharge your batteries? My husband and I go out once a month for “date night,” sometimes alone and other times with friends. Additionally, I’m fortunate to have a very helpful husband so I also go out with my girlfriends for breakfast or cocktails when I am able. It’s wonderful to have an hour to catch up.

Dr. Lee-Griffith’s Q&As

I’d like to start trying to get pregnant. I’m fairly healthy, but are there things you did before conceiving?

I’ve never had a problem with carpal tunnel syndrome, but now in my third trimester my fingers and hands hurt. Did you have this?

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