Research: CHAN,

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CHAN, 1. The Buddhist Institute of Enlightenment (Hk) Ltd., 270 Sha Tsui Road 2/F, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. explored using a randomized control study the effects of prenatal meditation on infant behaviours.


Meditation is important in facilitating health. Pregnancy health has been shown to have significant consequences for infant behaviours. 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<0.01) indicates positive health status of the newborns verifies that prenatal meditation can influence foetal health. Carey Infant Temperament Questionnaire showed that the infants of intervention group have better temperament (p<0.05) at fifth month reflects the importance of prenatal meditation in relation to child health.


The present study concludes the positive effects of prenatal meditation on infant behaviours and recommends that pregnancy care providers should provide prenatal meditation to pregnant women.


Chan KP1. Prenatal meditation influences infant behaviors. Infant Behav Dev. 37(4):556-61. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.06.011. Epub 2014 Jul 24. NovĀ  2014.

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