Transcendental Meditation in OBGYN Care: Improving Patient Outcomes and Enhancing Provider Resiliency


Past President’s Honorary Lecture

Learning Objectives:

Broad Global Objectives:

  1.    Stress negatively impacts normal physiological function, e.g., in pregnancy and delivery.
  2.    Effective stress-reduction strategies can promote overall wellness and improve health outcomes in the OBGYN setting.

Behavioral Objectives:

  1.    Review the peer-reviewed published scientific literature on Transcendental Meditation in healthcare
  2.    Understand evidence-based applications of TM to OBGYN practice
  3.    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.