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It is traditional that birth weight could be considered as the only mean of assessing pregnancy outcome; and is a reliable indicator of fetal health and maturity, and also, the easiest measurement that is properly accurate and can be used in different conditions around the world. Studies show that infants with appropriate birth weight have relatively low mortality rates even in adverse environmental conditions. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of programs consisted of psychological interventions on birth weight in the city of Ghoochan. Therefore, in a semi-experimental research with pre-test, post-test, and control group design, 25 parents who referred to the city’s health centres for prenatal physical examinations and volunteered to receive psychological intervention were selected through convenience sampling method and assigned to experimental group and were matched with 25 parents, as control group, who referred to the same health centres but were not willing to volunteer to receive psychological interventions. The experimental group received 15 sessions of psychological education and interventions. The newborns of subjects in both groups were measured after birth for height, weight, head circumference, and Apgar score. The comparison of these measurements revealed that psycho-educational interventions are meaningfully effective on improvement of these quantities. Thus, it can be concluded that psycho-educational interventions can have a significant impact on birth weight among infants.