THE speaker at the Canonbie SWI meeting this month received a very warm welcome from members.
Mary Waitt, who is their midwife, gave an interesting and amusing talk about her career in nursing, starting as a student working in the Western Isles before moving to Edinburgh and Fife.
She explained that technology had changed many things over the years.
Different scans were readily available and they could get blood results and others immediately on laptops.
Members were interested to hear about home births and water births.
Many of them did not know about the baby box, which the Scottish government sponsored for every child.
The box contained everything a new born baby needed which was useful.
The members had a laugh at some of the old and new medical aids Mary brought with her.
Liz Walters gave the vote of thanks and, being a retired GP, she remembered being very thankful that a midwife was present at births.
Various items were discussed in the meeting which followed, the first being the federation walk on May 18. Members can do either three miles or five miles followed by lunch.
The federation is also having an outing in the summer to Dumfries House, Ayr.
The Longtown WI have invited them to their open night on July 8 for circle dancing.
Gill reminded everyone that Canonbie flower show is in August and fundraising, tombola stall gifts are needed.
After tea, served by Nessie, the results of the competitions were announced.
Flower of the month: 1 Daphne, 2 Gill. Premature baby hat: 1 Elizabeth Dinwoodie, 2 Ann Ludlam.
To finish the evening they had good fun trying to match the names to the baby photos.