Dr. Veena Gandhi, an obstetrician gynecologist based in New Jersey, has published a book entitled, Creating the Miracle Child, where she explores the benefits of yoga for expectant mothers as well as for the post-partum period. It also has advice for fathers on how to use yoga along with their spouse.
Exposed to yoga from early childhood, Dr. Gandhi has been conducting yoga classes and organizing seminars on yoga and its philosophy for over two decades. A board-certified OB/GYN, she has more than 40 years of experience in working with pregnant women and in delivering babies. According to her website, her knowledge of yoga and medical training from the Eastern and Western hemispheres gives her a unique perspective in helping couples create a “miracle child.”
“The safe practice of yoga during pregnancy can provide physical, psychological and spiritual benefits for the expectant mother and father as well as “potential” benefits for the child,” Dr. Gandhi says on her website. Prenatal yoga is a multifaceted practice which encompasses low impact exercise, meditation and focused breathing. “Research suggests that, practiced properly and prudently, prenatal yoga is safe and can provide many benefits for pregnant women and their babies,” she adds..
Dr. Gandhi has received several awards including “Best Doctor” from the Courier-Post newspaper, “Woman of Outstanding Achievement” from the Camden County Council of Girl Scouts, and the “Bhakti Visharat Award” for dedicated service to the community from the International Society of Krishna Consciousness.
Additionally, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin awarded her the “Presidential Award” and “Women’s Leadership Award” for her dedicated service to AAPI. Over the years, she has run several youth programs and is on the board of directors of Eklal Vidyalaya Foundation for 12 years.