Dear colleagues,

We are going under an unprecedented experience globally which may mark unforeseen changes to the lifestyles and attitudes of the humanity!

As researchers, health professionals or just thinking scholars/ people we are in front of numerous questions asking for answers.

The International Journal of Prenatal & Life Sciences (DOI:10.24946/IJPLS) ( has undertaken the initiative of studying the theme and present a book written by selective authors interested in it.

You are kindly asked to respond to the call of this invitation. Your contribution is highly appreciated.

Thank you


In all phases of our life experience we are in constant interplay between our genetic inheritance and the environment in which we develop. We seem to be shaped by the active dialogue of our nature (genes) and nurture (environment). When nurture is suboptimal, we pay a lifelong price[1]. Developing (un)born babies can respond to adverse conditions in the womb (environment) in order to protect their growing brain and heart. However this protection mechanism has its own toll, especially if it has to extend over a prolonged period of time during life before birth: Such babies are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, obesity, addiction, violence … and altered stress responses during life after birth[2]. The nature-nurture interaction –sometimes controversy as well- impacts our understanding of the origins of good health and Quality of Life.

At the same time, there is an always present debate over change. In our possible tendency to seek the optimal ever, we are frequently involved –actively or passively- in becoming agents of change (or resisting it). Change seems to bear its own complexity. What happens when we seek a change from the sub-optimal to the optimal? Has it been the inner story of our history? Or the efforts of the (un)born to change the sub-optimal womb conditions still repeated in life after birth and during adulthood? What happens when we resist change from the optimal (or thought of as optimal) to sub-optimal (or thought of as such/ or just unknown)? Are there things that should never change or better still are there things that NEVER CHANGE?

And how is it that despite the fact that there is only ONE constant: change, we fear it so much?

This paradox of change is a theme of multiple aspects. This is the main theme of the suggested book content.

Indicative title chapters:

  1. Change: Philosophies, Principles & Values Throughout History and in a Modern World
  2. The Complexity of Change
  3. Theories of Change
  4. The Biology of Change: The Role of Our Immune System in Change
  5. The Change Impact
  6. Being Conceived, Gestated, Born and Growing Up at times of Change
  7. (Prenatal) Parenting During Adversities (outbreaks, wars, pandemics etc.)
  8. What is Left Behind? What is in the Horizon?
  9. Are We Ready for Change?
  10. Open to your suggestions

Certainly, you are absolutely free to make your own chapter proposal. You can propose any chapter abstract under the suggested general themes or a new one.

The book is aimed to a general thinking adult audience from a multidisciplinary background.

Chapters can be any length between 15 to 30 pages (please feel free to express yourself fully and the length suggested here is just to give you an idea, but not to restrict your creativity)

Deadline for your abstract: Mid-April 2020

Manuscripts to be complete: Mid -June 2020

Chapters can also be sent as papers for publication in the IJPLS journal.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the editorial board for this edition please let us know. 

If you can think of any colleague who might be interested in participating in this initiative, could you kindly forward tis invitation to him/ her?

Thank you


Olga Gouni

Head of the IJPLS


[1] Turner JRG,  Turner T., Gouni O. (ed), 2018, Prenatal Psychology, 100 years, cosmoanelixis, Athens, Greece

[2] Nathanielsz Peter, 1999, Life in the Womb: The Origin of Health and Disease, Promethean Press Ithaca, N.Y.