Transcendental Meditation in OBGYN Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Enhancing Provider Resiliency
Past President’s Honorary Lecture
Broad Global Objectives:
- Stress negatively impacts normal physiological function, e.g., in pregnancy and delivery.
- Effective stress-reduction strategies can promote overall wellness and improve health outcomes in the OBGYN setting.
- Review the peer-reviewed published scientific literature on Transcendental Meditation in healthcare
- Understand evidence-based applications of TM to OBGYN practice
- Identify applications of TM practice for improving provider resiliency and preventing burnout
Osteopathic Principles and Practice:
- The body is a unit, and the person represents a
combination of body, mind, and spirit.
Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to settle down to its least excited state, a state of “restful alertness,” with corresponding physiological changes indicative of neurological integration (EEG coherence, improved cognitive performance) and deep relaxation (reduction of stress markers).
- The body is capable of self-regulation,
self-healing, and health maintenance.
Practice of Transcendental Meditation has been documented to improve health outcomes, including reduction in healthcare utilization and costs, across a broad range of chronic health conditions.