Prenatal meditation influences infant behaviors

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Abstract

Meditation is important in facilitating health. Pregnancy health has been shown to have significant consequences for infant behaviors. In view of limited studies on meditation and infant temperament, this study aims to explore the effects of prenatal meditation on these aspects. The conceptual framework was based on the postulation of positive relationships between prenatal meditation and infant health. A randomized control quantitative study was carried out at Obstetric Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong. 64 pregnant Chinese women were recruited for intervention and 59 were for control. Outcome measures were cord blood cortisol, infant salivary cortisol, and Carey Infant Temperament Questionnaire. Cord blood cortisol level of babies was higher in the intervention group (p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Behaviors
  • Cord blood cortisol
  • Fetus
  • Health
  • Infant
  • Maternal
  • Meditation
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal
  • Temperament

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  • Ka Po Chan

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