Teach-With-Stories Resources

De Madre a Madre Photonovels

The photonovels are for the participants to use during the group and to share with family and friends at home. 

De Madre a Madre Facilitator Guides

Teach-With-Stories™ Facilitator Guides

These guides make it easy to teach with the photonovels and put the TWS Method™ into practice.

Program Implementation manual A cover

ABC's of TWS Program Implementation

These manuals provide tools for coordinating, facilitating, and evaluating a TWS prenatal program. 

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EBOOK versions

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PRINT Copies

For print copies:

  • to use with a Teach-With-Stories prenatal education program 
  • to distribute in clinics or community  

Note: Customization of the back cover is an option for bulk orders.

De Madre a Madre Prenatal Care Photonovels

About the Series

In the De Madre A Madre Prenatal Care Photonovel series, Lupe and her relatives and friends tell their stories about what it's like to be pregnant and how to stay healthy during pregnancy.
Each character is in a different stage of pregnancy. This way the changing experiences and questions during the different phases of pregnancy emerge naturally throughout the stories.

  • Lupe is 3 months pregnant with her first baby. 
  • Rosa is Lupe's sister-in-law and is currently breastfeeding her second child.
  • Ana is Rosa 's sister. She's 9 months pregnant.
  • Carmen, 6 months pregnant, is Ana's best friend.

In the story about risks, Isabel, a mutual friend, has a premature baby. In the photonovel about labor and delivery, Ana has her baby. In the subsequent stories, immediate postpartum care and breastfeeding are addressed. 

Essential Prenatal Care Topics covered:

  1. PREGNANCY: Lupe va a tener un bebé / Lupe is Going to Have a Baby
    Key topics: conception, menstruation, fetal development, due dates, self-care for each trimester 
  2. CLINIC: Lupe visita la clínica / Lupe Visits the Clinic
    Key topics: Breast & pelvic exam, pap smear, easing common discomforts
  3. NUTRITION: Consejos para un embarazo sano / Advice for a Healthy Pregnancy
    Key topics: Nutrition, WIC program, stress management, listeriosis, avoiding lead exposure
  4. RISKS: Rosa habla de reisgos durante el embarazo / Rosa Talks about Risks During Pregnancy
    Key topics: Premature labor, what to avoid, healthy alternatives, when to call 911
  5. LABOR: Ana tiene a su bebé / Ana Has Her Baby
    Key topics: Preparing for and managing labor, common decisions new parents make, car seat safety
  6. FIRST WEEK: La primera semana con el bebé / The First Week with Baby
    Key topics: Immediate postpartum care for mother and baby, 'back to sleep' and other safety tips, umbilical cord care, caring for a crying newborn, when to call the doctor, and depression
  7. BREASTFEEDING: Las mamas dan consejos de cómo amamantar / Mothers Give Advice on Breastfeeding
    Key topics: Colostrum, latching on, exclusive breast milk feeding, answers to common problems and concerns, ways to pump and save breast milk

  • Each story is complete with a bilingual glossary of key words, activities, and illustrations to improve understanding.
  • Unique bilingual layout with numbered dialog bubbles make the stories easy-to-follow in both languages.
  • Print Size: 8 ½ X 11.  24 pages. Full Color.  
  • Bilingual: Spanish and English. 

SUPPLEMENTAL PHOTONOVEL: DIABETES

El embarazo y diabetes/Pregnancy & Diabetes 

Key topics: emotional impact, different types of diabetes, insulin, tips to manage blood sugar, signs of high and low blood sugar and what to do, when to call 911. 

  • Complete with a bilingual glossary of key words, activities, and illustrations to improve understanding.
  • Unique bilingual layout with numbered dialog bubbles make the stories easy-to-follow in both languages.
  • Print Size: 8 ½ X 11.  32 pages. Bilingual: Spanish and English. Full Color. 


Teach-With-Stories™ Facilitator Guides

Companion Guides for the Prenatal Care Photonovels

The TWS Facilitator Guides are designed to help you facilitate a group session using the Teach-With-Stories Method™ and the De Madre a Madre prenatal care photonovels.   


There is a Facilitator Guide for each photonovel: PREGNANCY, CLINIC, NUTRITION, RISKS, LABOR, FIRST WEEK, BREASTFEEDING.  Note: The Pregnancy & Diabetes photonovel does not have a Facilitator Guide at this time.


The guides give you specific instructions about how to prepare for and use the TWS five steps during a session. 

Each TWS Facilitator Guide contains:

  • The De Madre a Madre photonovel content
  • A tentative agenda and suggested times for each step. You can tailor the activities and time frames to meet your group's needs and time constraints.
  • Ideas about what to say to help lead the group through the TWS steps.
  • Sample questions to ask participants when discussing the story 
  • Important health messages to reinforce that comply with latest guidelines
  • Space to record your own questions and notes. Helps you tailor and track learning and interests across groups in your community.
  • Supplemental field-tested activities for more in-depth learning related to the photonovel topic. 

No heavy, bulky binder to carry or manage. The streamlined, unobtrusive field-tested design makes it easy to use and facilitate during the interactive learning process.

  • Print Size: 8 ½ X 11. 32 pages. Full Color.   
  • Available in Spanish and English. 

ABC's of the Teach-With-Stories (TWS) Program Implementation

A: TWS Program Coordinator Manual

For people who handle the administrative tasks for the TWS prenatal program and who hire and coach TWS facilitators. 


Includes: Field-tested resources to help with planning, budgeting, implementing, and assessing a TWS program.


  • Print Size: 8 ½ X 11. 36 pages. Full Color. 
  • Available in English only.

B: TWS Program Manual for Facilitators

For facilitators who use the TWS Method with the De Madre a Madre prenatal care photonovels. 


Includes: Checklists with step-by-step tasks for preparing and hosting a successful TWS program plus other resources for being an effective facilitator.

  • Print Size: 8 ½ X 11. 64 pages. Full Color.  
  • Available in Spanish or English.

C: TWS Facilitation Training Package

For TWS program coordinators, facilitators and anyone interested in developing or enhancing their facilitation skills for:

  • Participatory education
  • Person/family/relationship-centered group approaches 
  • Coaching others in empowerment-based facilitation

Includes:  (4) Bilingual training videos and a companion discussion guide. 


Videos can be used with groups or for self-directed learning. Skits compare and contrast effective and ineffective facilitator behaviors in the context of typical TWS prenatal groups.  

  • Print Size: 8 ½ X 11.  56 pages. Full Color.  
  • Guide available in Spanish or English.
  • Videos are in Spanish with English subtitles.

The TWS Discussion Guide is available as an Ebook (videos not included). 

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