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The Nest Southwest CIC

The Nest Southwest CIC

By The Nest Southwest
The Nest Southwest CIC is a social enterprise based in Exeter, Devon, UK. It's mission is to provide social, emotional and informational support to women, girls and people who menstruate through menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause.
In this series of podcasts, Sue Reid will be talking to guests about subjects in each of these areas, to explore some of the many different aspects surrounding these profound times of life change. New episodes will be available every two weeks.
More details of The Nest Southwest CIC can be found at

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How does The Nest Southwest support pregnancy?
Today I talk to one of the 3 co-directors, Nancy Osborne about the many ways that The Nest SW is supporting women through their pregnancy and beyond. Listen to find out about the Nesters and Nestlings groups, the pregnancy hire service, pregnancy yoga and where to get your 'Mummy MOT'. Contact and find out more via Contact Sue Reid on Instagram @suereid1905
May 18, 2022
Lets talk about PMDD.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD is a cyclical hormone based mood disorder affecting some women and assigned females at birth. The symptoms of PMDD can be  severe and many sufferers go through horrible periods every month, even making them contemplate suicide.  Emily Holloway and Allie McHugh, who between them have over 20 years experience working in mental health decided to form the PMDD collective after noticing there was such a lack of support.  Emily and Ally join me on todays episode. Contact Emily and Ally via or Instagram @the.pmdd.collective Website mentioned - National Association for Premenstrual Syndromes (NAPS) Contact The Nest Southwest at Contact Sue on Instagram @suereid1905
May 04, 2022
How can we keep our energy strong and flowing during the transition of menopause?
Today I am joined by Annie McDonnell, licensed acupuncturist and sound practitioner from New York. Annie is chatting to me about using acupuncture to support the transition through menopause as well as other helpful Chinese medicine practices to keep our energy strong and flowing. These practices can help to get our mind, body and spirit back into balance. Menopause can be difficult but it can also be a rich and beautiful time of our life. The book Annie mentions is 'Second Spring' by Dr Maoshing Ni. Contact The Nest Southwest via Contact Annie at or Instagram @acupunctureannie Contact Sue Reid on Instagram @suereid1905
April 20, 2022
How Can We Have a Healthy Menstrual Cycle?
In todays episode, Sue talks to Joscelyne Casteneda about improving our menstrual cycle by enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Joscelyne is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Restorative Yoga Teacher. The books Joscelyne mentions are: Wild Power by Alexandra Pope & Womancode by Alisa Vitti Joscelyne can be found at & on Instagram @miasaya.wellness Contact Joscelyne at More information about The Nest Southwest can be found at Sue Reid can be found on Instagram @suereid1905
April 06, 2022
From Pitta to Vata - Managing Your Menopause with Ayurveda
Today Sue talks to Ayurveda Wellness Coach, Sharon Niemi. Over the past 15 years, Sharon has been helping women find better health so that they can live their best life, no matter what their age. The herb Sharon mentions is Manjisthj. The organisation Sharon mentions is American Association of Biological Characteristic Clinicians. You can find more information about Sharon and Ayurveda at & on Facebook - Your Way Wellness You can find information on The Nest Southwest at You can find Sue Reid on Instagram @suereid1905
April 06, 2022
What is a Doula and How Would Hiring One Help in Pregnancy?
In this episode Sue talks to one of the three co-directors of The Nest, Hazel Acland. Hazel talks about her role as a doula, her books and some of the support that The Nest is providing. We also talk about the new ‘transitioneers’ project that was successfully piloted in 2021. More information and contact details can be found at Find Sue Reid on Instagram @suereid1905
April 06, 2022
Welcome to The Nest Southwest Podcast
In this trailer, Sue introduces the three founding co-directors; Hazel Acland, Nancy Osborne and Jodie Wilkerson. Who they are, their role at The Nest and why it means so much to them. The Nest Southwest can be found at where details of  Hazel, Nancy and Jodie can also be found. Sue Reid can be found at Instagram @suereid1905
April 06, 2022