Applying Positive Psychology to Prenatal Care Among Women from Different Cultures: A Web-Based Positive Psychology Intervention

  • Giulia CornoEmail author
  • Guadalupe Molinari
  • Macarena Espinoza
  • Ernestina Etchemendy
  • Rocío Herrero
  • Alba Carrillo
  • Rosa Maria Baños


Pregnancy is a time of important changes and challenges for women. The nature, pervasiveness, and detrimental consequences of negative feelings during pregnancy have been extensively examined and documented within multicultural contexts. In the wake of Positive Psychology perspective, a growing number of studies have examined the potential benefits of positive aspects and protective factors that can influence the course of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as women’s perinatal and infant well-being. Although the importance of promoting well-being during the perinatal period has been demonstrated, research on Positive Psychology Interventions addressed to pregnant women is still in its infancy. The proposed chapter introduces the current knowledges about the benefits of positive factors on women perinatal and newborn well-being. Moreover, this chapter presents the current evidence about the use of Positive Psychology Interventions designed to improve women’s mental well-being during the perinatal period. Furthermore, the structure and rationale of a novel web-based Positive Psychological Intervention addressed to Spanish-, Italian-, German-, Dutch-, Portuguese-, and English- speaking pregnant women is presented. The intervention proposed is a modular, 5-weeks, self-guided program designed to foster pregnant women’s mental well-being. It consists of four modules of intervention, a page dedicated to pregnancy information, one welcome module, and a final resume page. Each module includes a brief psycho-education unit focused on a Positive Psychology dimension and a Positive Psychology Intervention. Furthermore, future actions and investigations are discussed.


Pregnancy Positive psychology Intervention Web-based intervention Women’s prenatal well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giulia Corno
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Guadalupe Molinari
    • 2
  • Macarena Espinoza
    • 3
  • Ernestina Etchemendy
    • 4
  • Rocío Herrero
    • 5
  • Alba Carrillo
    • 3
  • Rosa Maria Baños
    • 3
  1. 1.Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab of the I.R.C.C.SIstituto Auxologico ItalianoMilanItaly
  2. 2.University Jaume ICastellón de la PlanaSpain
  3. 3.University of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.University of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  5. 5.Department of Human SciencesVerona UniversityVeronaItaly

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