After four decades and sales of 3 million copies of our handbook, and after hard and thoughtful discussions, we have decided that it is time for us to close the doors of The Family Way Publications and embrace retirement.

The Family Way License

The Family Way Publications will close our doors on December 31, 2022. We hope to have sold all our remaining inventory by December 1, 2022. During the month of December, we will be supporting our download customers and tying up loose ends. Students who are entitled to a download of Prepared Childbirth-The Family Way may do so through December 31, 2022. Effective January 1, 2023, downloads will no longer be available.
At the request of many of our customers, The Family Way Publications has decided to offer a license to allow licensees to distribute PDF copies of our childbirth education handbooks – Prepared Childbirth-The Family Way, Preparing for Multiples-The Family Way, and Preparåndose para la llegada de su bebé – to their students/clients. The Family Way Publications will continue to own and hold the copyright for all three handbooks. The cost of the license will be based on the approximate number of PDFs that the licensee anticipates distributing in 2023. The license will begin on January 1, 2023 and continue for as long as the licensee chooses to distribute PDFs. Licensees may choose to have handbooks printed for distribution or may provide student/clients with the digital version. If the licensee chooses to print less than all of a handbook’s content, the licensee will be required to include the inside cover page and the back of the inside cover page (with the copyright information) with the selected pages. Licensees:
  1. Will be required to inform students/clients that the handbooks are protected by copyright and that the student/client may not provide a copy of the PDF in any form to anyone else.
  2. May not alter the content of the handbook in any way.
  3. May not provide a copy of the PDF to any other person, group, organization, hospital, etc.
  4. May provide PDFs only to students attending childbirth classes taught by the licensee or receiving doula services from the licensee.
We plan to send a link to the license agreement to interested customers around November 1, 2022. The license agreement must be signed and full payment for the license agreement received by December 1, 2022. We will provide a PDF of the handbook to each licensee via email or DropBox about December 16, 2022. The license will begin January 1, 2023.
The cost of the license will be $2.50 for each PDF that the licensee plans to distribute in 2023. The licensee will be responsible for the distribution of the PDFs.
The Family Way Publications will maintain our website with the Web It! links for at least the year of 2023, but will not provide any other support services.
Please contact Debby at or (713) 528-0277 if you have questions. If you would like to purchase a license for one or more of the handbooks, please email us at with the handbook(s) you want to purchase the license for, the number of PDFs you anticipate providing students/clients in 2023, and your contact information (name, company/hospital if applicable, position at company/hospital if applicable), email address, phone number, and billing address.